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A man tries to earn money from passing vehicles by smoothing one of the main highways with his shovel in Badakhshan province, Afghanistan, Thursday morning, Oct. 22, 2009. The remote and rugged province has one paved road in the capital, Faizabad. Transportation is difficult and few people have cars. People often walk or travel by donkey. The most remote villages have no roads, only foot and animal paths, and can be completely cut off from the rest of the province by harsh winter weather. 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.