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Child labour on the rise as conflict continues

Child labour on the rise as conflict continues

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Jun 12, 2015 - 18:06

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Around two million children have moved onto the streets to augment family’s income across Afghanistaninfo-icon and their number is on the increase due to the ongoing conflict.

This was said by Dr. Mohammad Adil, head of the All Afghanistan Federation of Trade Unions (AAFTU) during an interview with Pajhwok Afghan News.

Dr. Adil said the federation had been campaigning for the last few years to discourage child labour and had facilitated a large number of children so far.

He said currently nearly two million children worked in Afghanistan and did not go to school. He said hard labour physically and mentally impacted children and their future.

He said about 3.5 million people, with children constituting 30 percent of them, were drug addicts. In Afghanistan, many families had lost their heads to the ongoing conflict, sending their children into hard labour, Dr. Adil said.

He said there were many families whose male members had lost limbs to roadside bomb blasts and several those without disabled families were only able to earn a hand-to-mouth living. The conflict has displaced thousands of people in the country and all these miseries forced families to send their children into hard labour.

Dr. Adil urged the unity government to pay special attention to the issue of child labour and take necessary measures in this regard.

He said children were Afghanistan’s future and the government and the private sector should provide them with healthinfo-icon and educationinfo-icon facilities.

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