Afghanistan's accounting nightmare

FEATURE - Deep in the vaults of Afghanistan's central bank is what looks like a mountain of money - bundles of notes piled as high as a man fill a small room.

But for the bank's governor, Abdul Fitrat, it is a depressing sight. He is counting the country's cash. When he converts the heaps of Afghanis into dollars they are barely worth the paper they are printed on.

"Three and a half billion Afghanis are equivalent to $116,500 - that's really discouraging," he said.

Mr Fitrat has just returned

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