Kids Corner

14m children face ‘life-threatening levels of hunger’

Written by The Frontier Post

KABUL (Tolo News): Save the Children expressed concerns over the situation of the children in Afghanistan, saying that “14 million children face life-threatening levels of hunger” since the fall of the former government. Save the Children in a report urged countries to ramp up humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.
“Save the Children is urging the Australian Government to commit at least $100m per year in life-saving aid at the pledging conference for Afghanistan,” the report reads. With Afghanistan struggling with a fractured political state amid a feeble economy, thousands of children are forced to work.
Abdul Shukor, 13, works as a street vendor and collects plastic from the trash cans. “I go to school in the morning and go to work from noon till evening. I collect the plastic bottles and sell them and earn around 50-60 Afs per day,” he said. “My husband has gone to Iran because our situation has so badly deteriorated,” said Shokur’s mother. But how effective is the aid provided by the international donors to the people of Afghanistan?
A women and children’ rights activist, Mariam Arween, said: “The reason for the deteriorated situation of the children is the current poverty in the country. Which will be only solved for a short time through aid.” The Islamic Emirate said that they have formed plans to overcome the poverty across the country.
“The main reason of the children’s poverty is the families’ economic problems. And, therefore, we are looking forward to creating jobs for the families to protect the children,” said Abdul Latif Nazari, deputy Minister of Economy.
An earlier report by the Save the Children put the number of child laborers around one million.

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