Agence France-PresseJuly 29, 2013 09:35
The sun has barely risen and already dozens of Afghan men are swapping fistfuls of bank notes, frantically betting in one of the country's goriest pastimes: bird fighting.
In a shady patch, under a cluster of trees in a Kabul park, two partridges face off at opposite ends of a small square of dirt.
The spectators press closer, roaring the birds on as they clutch their cash.
A man sprinkles water into the air to keep the stifling heat at bay for the birds, an action that recalls the throwing of salt at the start of a Sumo bout.