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Afghan school children study at an open classroom in the outskirts of Jalalabad on January 30, 2013. Afghanistan has had only rare moments of peace over the past 30 years, its education system being undermined by the Soviet invasion of 1979, a civil war in the 1990s and five years of Taliban rule. AFP PHOTO/ Noorullah ShirzadaNoorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images

5 million vulnerable Afghan children at high riskUNICEF terms Afghanistan as World’s “Worst” Country for Children

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KABUL: The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA) on Tuesday said five million Afghan children are vulnerable across the country.Speaking in a ceremony celebrating “World Children’s Day”, Deputy of MoLSA Ghulam Haidar Jailani said that five million children are at risk, which includes 23 categories such as labor children, children without parents, orphans, war victims, internally displaced children, children affected from violence, underage marriages issues, deported and disabled children.He termed the ongoing war as one of the main factors behind a high number of vulnerable children in the country.Mr. Jailani said that MoLSA in cooperation with other relevant national and international organizations exert utmost efforts to cope with the challenges children face in order to decrease number vulnerability among them across the country.Talking in a ceremony held to inaugurate the International Day of Children in Kabul, the UNICEF envoy, Susan Foreman said that the millions of Afghan children are deprived of their rights. According to national and international findings around one million children are affected by drugs, seven children out of each 10 are under violence risk, 48 percent are affected by earlier marriages, 77 percent are at risk of being beaten, 36 percent are malnutrition and 196,000 children are with disabilities throughout.He stated that only 60,000 orphans are in Kabul capital.In order to support vulnerable children, based on President Instruction, support of children project funds increased from 20 million to 52 million Afs recently.Around 10,000 children were covered through Child Protection Action Network CPAN programs, he noted.Government is committed to support and protect children, but only the government alone will fail to overcome the issue. It is required of related international organs to help the government in the aspect for further achievement, he said.He also called on people to support the ministry in this regard.It is worth mentioning that despite billions of dollars showered in Afghanistan in the past years, still a high number of children are vulnerable across the country. Today’s children are the future of the country, so the relevant national and international organs must pay attention to protect and decrease challenges ahead of them.

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