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Children's council set up in Ghor

Children's council set up in Ghor

Mar 03, 2011 - 17:13

CHAGHCHARAN (PANinfo-icon): A children's shurainfo-icon (consultation council) was established on Thursday in western Ghorinfo-icon province, where officials say 70 percent of minors are engaged in child labour.

In collaboration with Afghan Educational Children Circus, the newly-created body elected its chief, deputy head and secretary through a secret ballot, Sher Agha Muradi, a representative of the circus, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

"The shura has been formed to protect child rights and enable them to have access to government departments for resolution of their problems," he said.

Gul Ahmad Osmani, director of labour, social affairs, martyrs and the disabled, said 70 percent of children in Ghor were forced into child labour. Citing a survey, he linked the high number of child labourers to ignorance and poverty.

"My father died in a bomb blast eight years ago. Our family needs an earner. Therefore, I have to work at a mechanic shop to earn a living for my mother, two younger brothers and a sister," Kamaluddin, 11, a resident of Pasaband district, said.

He earns 150 afghanis a day but the amount is not sufficient to meet his family needs.

Girls were forced into early marriages, an official said. "These girls are often forced into hard work at houses of their in-laws," added womeninfo-icon affairs director, Masuma Anwari.

Up to 60 percent of minor girls were married off in the province, according to the official, who stressed: "The situation of children should be improved with provision of educationinfo-icon facilities."

Education Director Abdul Hakim said up to 30 percent of children in the province were deprived of the right to education due to economic problems.

Bibi Hora, 15, who was elected as head of the shura, said they would convey their message of children rights protection to the government and the international community to bring about an end to discrimination against them.


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