(MENAFN- Afghanistan Times) Abdul Rahman Habibzui
KABUL: Officials from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have called Afghanistan the worst place for children, calling on the world to provide urgent aid to Afghan children.
“The world cannot and must not close its eyes and forget to help those who need it most and those who have paid the highest price in the midst of this instability,” said Salam Al-Janabi, specialist. communication to UNICEF.
Afghan children face various kinds of challenges. They are forced to engage in hazardous work, undergo psychological and mental pressure and, in some cases, are even victims of sexual abuse.
Thousands of children have taken to the streets of major capitals to end their families because of the extreme poverty that has affected millions of Afghans. A 13-year-old shoe shiner in Kabul city, Zahra said she was forced to work to bring food to the family.
“I have to work. There is no one to pay our expenses in our family. I pay the expenses of my studies and I buy bread for our house,” Zahra said.
Zahra is one of the thousands of children who are the breadwinners. With the collapse of the old government – which was engulfed in severe corruption and corrupt officials – humanitarian aid to Afghanistan has seen a significant reduction.
“The children are in really critical condition in Afghanistan, and it is getting worse. The Taliban and the international community are responsible for the situation, ”said Maryam Maarof Arwin, children’s rights activist.
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