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    Children share problems with officials, MPs

    KABUL (PAN): A number of children discussed their problems with government officials and lawmakers during Saturday's session of the Wolesi Jirga, lower house of parliament.

    About 120 children coming from Bamyan, Nangarhar, Kabul and Ghor provinces and shelter camps at Baghlan and Tagab, and the Community Center for Disabled (CCD) and from the Aschiana organisation met MPs.

    Children from Bamyan said they were forced into hard labour and lacked access to education, health and play grounds

    Fazila, 14, speaking on behalf of children from Kabul city, complained their teachers were not treating them well and subjected them to corporal punishment. She also complained about a lack first medial aid at their school and TV programmes for kids.

    Speaking on behalf of Baghlan children, living in a shelter camp in Kabul, Ahmad Farid, 16, said children at the camp had no access to clean drinking water. "We need school and drinking water," he said.

    Deputy Information and Culture Minister, Din Mohammad Mubariz Rashidi, said they were trying to increase entertainment programmes for children on TV channels.

    Kabul city education director, Najibullah Kamran, who was also present at today's session, said they would try to resolve problems facing children at schools.

    Problems pointed out by children were faced by children across the country, MP Fauzia Kufi, said.