Hopes and fears for jobs as Afghan cement factory reopens
<p><a href=""><img src="" width="130" height="86" alt="The Wider Image: Trying to rebuild Afghanistan's shattered industry" align="left" title="The Wider Image: Trying to rebuild Afghanistan's shattered industry" border="0" /></a>By Mirwais Harooni and James Mackenzie JABAL SARAJ, Afghanistan (Reuters) - After a break of 20 years, Afghanistan's first cement factory is once more clanking noisily in the countryside near Kabul as crushed-up limestone rocks rattle along a battered conveyor belt to the newly restored kiln. "By selling our products and improving the factory's production, we can avoid having our young generation go abroad," said Amir Mohammad. "If there are job possibilities, they can stay with their families and look after their children." But the outdated state-owned plant 75 km (47 miles) outside Kabul also shows how far there is to go before that promise can be achieved and there are serious questions whether the plant has a viable future unless it is thoroughly modernized.</p><br clear="all"/>

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