By Mark Memmott

NPR photographer David Gilkey, with words by Claire O'Neil, produces another compelling photo gallery from Afghanistan -- this one telling the story of how donkeys are critical to Thursday's presidential election:

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More of David's work is on The Picture Show blog.

Update at 3:45 p.m. ET. Here's another photo, this one from Morning Edition producer Jim Wildman, of U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry during his recent visit to the northern Afghan city of Mazar-I-Sharif. While there, the ambassador was serenaded by a boys' choir and given a gift -- plastic flowers:

A children's choir serenades Ambassador Karl Eikenberry on his arrival in Mazar-I-Sharif. After presenting him with a bouquet of plastic flowers, a gift of honor in Afghanistan, one of the boys tells him that he wants to be Afghanistan's president one day. (Jim Wildman/NPR)

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3:05 - August 18, 2009