Conflicts and poverty are two severe problems facing nearly four million children in Afghanistan while 1.2 million children are associated with child labor and 3.7 are deprived of schooling due to conflicts, according to data by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.
Addressing an event on World Children's Day, Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj, acting minister of labor and social affairs said Afghanistan will have a challenging year ahead, especially for children due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and conflicts.
“We will need more resources,” Tahyanj said.
At least 10,000 children are living in orphanages in the country, said Ghulam Haidar Jailani, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs.
Tahyanj said 3,000 of the children who live in orphanages became homeless due to conflicts this year.
Gul Agha, a Kabul resident, said he lives with 25 members of his family but has less access to facilities for living.
He said that 15 of his grandsons are eligible for school, but economic problems and a lack of school in their area has deprived them of education.
The government is not addressing our issues,” said Gul Agha.
“We are going to the mosque for learning. We learn the Holy Quran,” said Zazila, member of an internally displaced person in Kabul.
“There are a lot of people, but schools are less in numbers; therefore, we cannot go to school,” said Pashtana, a member of the family.
Samira is an Afghan child who lost her father five years ago in Nuristan province. Samira’s father was serving in the rank of the Afghan National Police (ANP) when the war took his life.
“We are tired of war, we don’t want any child to lose their parents like us,” said Sumaira, a parentless student.
This comes as violence continues in the country despite ongoing peace efforts in Qatar.