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18 May 2012, Kabul Afghanistan: Traditional sweets in a shop in Herat.  The historic city of Herat sits  at the heart of the Silk Road at the crossroads of trade routes leading to the Middle East, Central Asia and India in Western Afghanistan. The World Bank provides funding for a variety of projects in the area including Micro Financing  and National Solidarity Program funding amongst others.  Picture by Graham Crouch/World Bank