The Afghanistan crisis: Children at the centre of the disaster - in pics

Several heartbreaking pictures have come out of Afghanistan as the country remains in a state of chaos after Taliban takeover. 

A wait for evacuation: US Marine plays with kids

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A wait for evacuation: US Marine plays with kids

As in any calamity, children are the most helpless. And the Afghan crisis is no different. Several heartrendering pictures have emerged from the disaster. In this image provided by the US Marine Corps, a Marine with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) plays with children waiting during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Pic: PTI)

High-Five: A child reunited with family

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High-Five: A child reunited with family

In this image provided by the US Marines, a US Airman with the Joint Task Force-Crisis Response high fives a child after helping reunite their family at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan (Pic: PTI)

The long wait

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The long wait

A US Marine with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command, waits with a child during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan (Pic: PTI)

A picture says it all: The helplessness that marks the Afghan crisis

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A picture says it all: The helplessness that marks the Afghan crisis

A baby is handed over to the American army over the perimeter wall of the airport in Kabul. This became a defining moment in Afghanistan with the picture mother handing over the baby to US soldiers breaking hearts across the world, reiteriating the enormity of the Afghan crisis and helplessless of people trapped there (Pic: Reuters)

Forces help a child during evacuation

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Forces help a child during evacuation

British and Turkish coalition forces, along with US Marines, assist a child during an evacuation in Kabul (Pic: PTI)

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