Afghans abroad phone home
Tuesday, 18 January, 2000, 03:22 GMT
For the first time in seven years, people in Afghanistan can make international telephone calls using the country's own phone system.
An American company in Kabul has re-established links with thirteen countries, and the list of destinations is growing.
In recent years a satellite phone has been the only means of telephoning outside the country.
But a minute's call cost the ordinary Afghan half a month's wages.
People travelling to and from Afghanistan - which has the highest refugee population in the world - are always being asked to carry messages.
The American company which restored the link has had to stop working on developing a mobile phone network because of American trade sanctions.
From the newsroom of the BBC World Service
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