A young boy presses his face against the window of a car in Afghanistan.
A third of the population in Afghanistan live under the poverty line. One in six children die before their fifth birthday, and the average life expectancy is 44. But people there are still full of hope.
British photographer Martin Middlebrook was commissioned by the Afghan Government to document the hopes and aspirations of ordinary people across Afghanistan, as part of the Kabul International Conference, which was held in Kabul in July 2010.
Things are getting better for ordinary Afghans. The country faces vast challenges, but the UK Government is committed to helping it get back on its feet after three decades of civil war, working closely with the government of Afghanistan to secure peace and stability, help provide basic services for its people, and stimulate the economy.
To find out more about the UK's involvement in Afghanistan visit: afghanistan.hmg.gov.uk/en/
Picture: © Martin Middlebrook