Organized by the psychology department of Kabul University, speakers at a seminar on Sunday warned of dire consequences for Afghan children if their exploitation by insurgents and other illegal armed groups is not prevented.
“A child who is deprived of going to school today will of course face major challenges when he becomes a youth and then he is exploited by the armed opposition groups,” said Sattaruddin Sediqqi, rector of the Psychology Faculty of Kabul University.
“Issues facing the children should be dealt with by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in joint cooperation with other responsible institutions. They should implement the strategies and the policies that are aimed at preventing the recruitment of children into the ranks of armed groups,” said Munizhah Ramzai, a university lecturer.
“Children constitute the most vulnerable segment of society, because they are isolated,” said Zuhra Mandegari, a student at Kabul University.
“We are trying to work hard to prevent this trend,” said Razma Zamani, a university student.
In recent years, children in Afghanistan have been badly affected as a result of war, violence, poverty and other social issues.