Government urged to pay attention to child labor issue
Hamidullah Tokhi, a representative from Zabul province, told the house today that government statistics showed more than three million children were busy on labor tasks across the country.
He said the government did not pay proper attention to the situation of labor children who were also deprived from primary education.
Children’s trafficking, their adherence to the Taliban ranks and dozens of other problems have threatening Afghan children, but the government have no plan to deal with them, he said.
Humaira Ayubi, a lawmaker from Farah province, said that a large number of poor children were obliged to accept labor activities in order to earn and feed their families.
“The number of labor children is increasing by each passing day which also led to increase in violence against children as well,” she added.
A representative from Kunduz province, Fatima Azizi said that Afghan labor children’s situation was a matter of serious concern as thousands of children have to tolerate physical violence on a daily basis due to poverty.
She accused the government on negligence about children’s situation and said, “The government has no a decisive plan for improving labor children’s situation in the country,”
She added that sometimes the Taliban also use the children as tools during fighting against the government.
Negligence about labor children’s situation would have unpleasant consequences in the future, Azizi added.
The first deputy speaker of Wolesi Jirga, Haji Zahir Qadir, also expressed concern about the labor children’s situation and demanded government’s urgent attention on the regard.
He said labor children were vulnerable than any other group of society and they needed effective programs for improving their situation.