15,000 Kandahar children pushed into workforce
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The provincial Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC) on Wednesday said about 15,000 children were pushed into the workforce in southern Kandahar province.
Kandahar chapter IHRC director Shamsuddin Tanweer told Pajhwok Afghan News a survey launched by the European Union (EU) showed 1.7 percent of children in Kandahar were busy doing hard work.
He said the children aged between 15 and 18 years old suffered from eight types of hard labour including fixing cars, running mechanical machines, construction works, collecting garbage and other hard works.
Collecting garbage was the unhealthiest job for children and the government should pay special attention to preventing children from such activities, he said.
“Most of the children do hard labour to support their families,” he said, linking the situation to the ongoing violence in the country.
Both the government and parents were responsible to support children in getting education instead of work places, he said.
On the other hand, Kandahar Public Works director Nazar Ali Qatay said his department had reunited 209 children with their families, who were involved in robberies, smuggling, kidnappings, murders and other criminal activities.
Insecurity, poverty, houseless and some other problems were forcing children into hard works or criminal activities, he said.
He urged the government to provide healthy jobs to children and implement public awareness programs in this regard.
Kandahar Information and Culture director Dawa Khan Minapal also stressed children should be encouraged towards education and said youths involved in illegal activities had not got enough education during their childhood.
A 13 year-old Samiullah, who works in a mechanic shop in Kandahar City, said his father was killed in a bomb blast and he had to work to feed his two sisters and a younger brother.
He said besides hardworking, he bore mistreatment and sometimes abusive words from the shop owner.
Samiullah said he was more interested in education than work but there was no one else in his family to earn a living for them.
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