Afghanistan's living conditions are extremely difficult in some areas; 93 percent reported incomes less than the equivalent of $300 per month. Fifty-nine percent have no formal education. Forty-eight percent cannot read.
With violence on the rise and many other challenges, the number of Afghans who expect their lives to improve in the year ahead has dropped from a peak of 67 percent in 2005 to 51 percent today. And less than half, 47 percent, expect a better life for their children, hardly a ringing endorsement of the country's prospects.
(Martha Raddatz/ABC News)