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A customer is reflected in a mirror beneath a mobile phone display in a shop in Baharak, Badakhshan province, Afghanistan, Sunday morning, Oct. 25, 2009. The remote province's harsh terrain and lack of infrastructure meant that it was cut off from the rest of Afghanistan and the world during the decades of war and the Taliban regime. Cell phones arrived in Baharak and further districts just two years ago, making it possible for local leaders and the population to talk easily to one another. As the Obama Administration seeks the formula for turning the tide of the war in Afghanistan, some aid organizations are advocating the National Solidarity Programme, a community-based development program that has made progress in some districts, setting up local councils that propose much-needed projects such as schools, drinking water facilities and roads.