Kabul: The UN children’s agency, UNICEF, warned of a “children’s crisis” in Afghanistan with nearly 16 million children going to bed hungry.
“They don’t have clean water to quench their thirst or so blankets in which to sleep,” Fran Equiza, UNICEF Afghanistan representative, told reporters.
Afghanistan faces a troublesome humanitarian crisis since Aug. 15, 2021, caused by financial sanctions and asset freezing.
Some 2.3 million children are expected to face acute malnutrition in 2023, according to UNICEF.
Equiza said that children were laboring at home, on the streets, in fields, mines and shops with approximately 1.6 million trapped in child labor in Afghanistan.
“Children as young as six are in dangerous conditions to help their parents put a little food on the table,” he said.
UNICEF has appealed for $1.65 billion this year to reach 19 million Afghans, including 10.3 million children. The appeal is less than a quarter funded, with the year nearly half over.
UNICEF Afghanistan representative has urged the international community to help alleviate the suffering of children.