Report and vocabulary
Life is hard in Afghanistan.
But artist Mohammed Akram makes sure that his painting materials don't cost the earth - they're just made of it.
He starts by scouring his neighbourhood for mud, dust and brick then grinds them down and finally mixes them together with home-made glue.
By painting with these materials Mohammed hopes to better capture his country's character and its struggles.
- cost the earth
be very expensive
reduces something to smaller pieces by rubbing it against a harder surface
represent something correctly by using images and words
difficult tasks that take a lot of effort