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Poverty drives exodus of children from schools

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KABUL: Poverty has driven an exodus of children from school, and a recent economic collapse has seen many children quit school to work hazardous jobs to support their poverty-stricken families.

Most of the children who quit school to work are extremely disappointed about their future as most Afghan children must work to make ends meet.

The extreme poverty of Afghan families drives many children into various hazardous jobs to find food for their families, which forces them to leave school.

The condition of Afghan children has not improved despite the flow of billions of dollars from many agencies in Afghanistan.

“The problems of children increase every day and it is a source of concern. It is expected that Taliban will formulate a plan to prevent from a humanitarian and economic crisis at such a critical time,” said Maryam Maarouf, Women and Children Activist.

In the meantime, Taliban authorities say government has plans to improve children’s conditions.

“In the economy and education sectors, the Islamic Emirate has many plans to provide good education opportunities for a new generation, specifically for children,” said Bilal Karimi, a Taliban’s deputy spokesman.

Afghanistan is considered the worst place to be a child, as 4 million children are out of school and 2 million are working as child laborers, according to estimates by international organizations.

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