They are the backbone of Afghanistan: its doctors, teachers and business owners.

They are the country's middle class – the people who find themselves between the masses of the terribly poor and the tiny elite.

Some have always lived in Afghanistan. Others were brought up abroad, and returned after the fall of the Taliban.

As Afghanistan struggles to survive and prosper, what challenges do they face, and what are their hopes for the future?

This special edition of Inside Story from Kabul attempts to find out.

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