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Protected by army men, Kabul's youth protest climate change

KABUL — Troops atop an armoured personnel carrier and on foot, their rifles at the ready, protected about 100 of Kabul’s young, who are worried that if war doesn’t kill them, climate change will.

Protesters risked a march down the centre of the Afghan capital city Friday despite nearly daily attacks by insurgents, in order to participate in a global strike against climate change.

Fardeen Barakzai, one of the organizers and head of the local climate action group called Oxygen, said Afghanistan’s youth wanted to do their part in the fight against global warming.

He said: “We know war can kill a group of people, but climate can kill everyone.”

The public health ministry says as many as 3,000 people die of pollution-induced illnesses in Kabul annually.

The Associated Press