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UN warns of alarming increase of child labor in Afghanistan

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KABUL: United Nations Children’s Fund on Monday warned that child labors has risen to drastic level, announcing one child out of five Afghan children is forced to work to make a living.

On the occasion of ‘World Day Against Child Labor’, UNICEF said that almost 22 percent of children are busy with doing risky works in Afghanistan. “The work conditions of children in Afghanistan are deteriorating. The latest regime change and humanitarian crisis have played a prominent role in forcing children to work,” UNICEF in a video report stated.

It said 1.6 million children work in Afghanistan, whereas Taliban officials’ number is quite higher than this. A Taliban official from the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in a meeting in Kabul said, “More than three million children are doing backbreaking jobs on the streets.

Children in Afghanistan are part of 160 million children in the world, who are forced to work and earn income for their families instead of attending schools.

Besides work, UNICEF has announced that food instability and malnutrition are considered critical threats to children in Afghanistan.

Since the return of the Taliban to power in August 2021, humanitarian crises accompanied by serious hunger and poverty have multi-folded in war-torn Afghanistan.

Millions of people including men, women and children are in dire need of vital aid, as thousands of people have lost their jobs and are desperately looking for ways to survive.

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