Digital Desk, Kabul. World Children’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world to promote children’s rights to education, health and enjoyment, but many children in war-torn Afghanistan have to do street work to help their families survive. . Malik, 14, told Xinhua news agency on Saturday, “I used to go to school, but nowadays I don’t because war and poverty have gripped us and my father asked me to graze cows to survive.” He has bought a cow to meet the expenses of the family by selling milk.
Expressing grief over leaving school for three years, Malik said that his father is unemployed and as the eldest son of the family, he has to work to earn a living. Apart from grazing his cow, Malik sells things to customers on the street to earn some money. The working boy said that war is the main cause of his poverty and everything was destroyed in the war during the last four decades. Aminulla Popalzai, a fifth grade student in an elementary school, is also worried about his studies, as he has to work after returning home from school. He said, my aged father has no job or any means of income, so I have to work to help my family.
She also fears that she may have to drop out of school one day if her family’s expenses increase. “Our children need education and I am urging the international community to support Afghanistan’s children to go to school,” said Aziz, a resident of Kabul. According to Aziz, many Afghan children are not home-earners, so they have to go to school for half the day and work for half the day to earn a livelihood for their families. Today more than 22 million Afghans, including millions of children, are facing acute food shortages, according to UN aid agencies. He warned that any delay in the supply of humanitarian aid to the war-torn country could prove to be a disaster in the coming winter.