War-weary villagers in the northern province of Kunduz in Afghanistan have been left to battle the Taliban alone.
In villages across Kunduz province, residents are forced to form their own local militias in a bid to protect their families and keep the Taliban at bay.
Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, said his country must reach out to its "disenchanted brothers" in an effort to stabilise the war ravaged nation during his address to a one-day international conference on Afghanistan's future in London.
Karzai and officials from more than 60 countries are meeting this week to examine ways to bring an end to nearly a decade of war in Afghanistan.
Al Jazeera's David Chater reports on the security vacuum left behind by German troops and Afghan forces who have failed to protect local residents in Kunduz.
[January, 28, 2010]