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Millions of Afghans now have access to basic services that they never dreamed existed.Many of them are carrying heavy psychological burdens from accumulated exposure to conflict and from problems with relationships locked up privately in their own homes.
The European Union is one of three international actors (alongside the World Bank and USAID) to have given major support to the build-up. It's unique in standing at the forefront of the effort to include mental health provision in the basic services Afghans now receive.
This film looks at those issues close-up. It was recorded in autumn in some of the country's most remote spots, Dai Kundi and Bamiyan provinces. It offers insight into an area of development that's going well for Afghans, and at the same time highlights problems yet to be widely addressed.
This help seems a tall order some might say, in view of the widening Taliban insurgency and the disappointment felt across the country at a lack of progress in development and reconstruction. But the EU is helping the country abilities in many critical areas to stand on its own feet and take on the protection and welfare of its people. This is even more important since the the recent NATO summit in Lisbon of 19 and 20 November 2010, which formalised the beginning of the end for NATO forces in Afghanistan, and a handover of security responsibility to Afghans by 2014.