By Elyas Ahmadi
Eid al-Fitr holds deep significance for Muslims after the holy days of Ramadan. With the month-long observation of spiritual renewal marked by the practice of fasting over, the first day of Eid is one of celebration and joy that is in turn marked by sharing feasts of food and blessings with loved ones. But for many Afghans, the first day of Eid al-Fitr was instead a day of hunger and survival.
The lens of a Rukhshana Media reporter captured some of the struggles of people in Kabul, with some working for meager sums of money and begging for the simple comfort of some bread.
With poverty spreading throughout Afghanistan under the shadow of a de facto Taliban government, the grip of economic hardship and food shortages is affecting more and more people.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has estimated a staggering 28 million people in Afghanistan find themselves in dire need of urgent humanitarian aid. This photo essay puts faces and pictures to some of what these people experienced on the first day of Eid.