The Afghan Age Divide

Muhammad Shafiq Popal is one of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s more formidable opponents — yet he isn’t a chieftain, a warlord or even a candidate in the Aug. 20 Afghanistan presidential election. Just 30 years old, Popal is a rare individual in the country: a community organizer who heads the Afghanistan Youth National and Social Organization , an NGO that, in a nation marked by division, transcends religion, ethnicity and tribe.