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In Afghanistan, more than 6m children prone to abuse

In Afghanistan, more than 6m children prone to abuse

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Nov 22, 2017 - 23:15

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): More than six million children in Afghanistaninfo-icon are vulnerable to violence and other abuses despite the establishment of a proper legal platform for improvement in their lives, officials said on Wednesday.

Addressing a gathering marking the International Universal Children’s Day here, Second Vice President Sarwar Danish said issues stemming from the conflict and economic hardships had a negative impact on children’s lives.

He said some three million Afghan children were out of school, with about 1.2 million doing hard labor and another 80,000 annually lost their lives to various factors in the country.

The VP said children’s addiction to drugs, their kidnapping and sexual abuse were other issues prevalent in Afghanistan where anti-government forces exploited children in attacks and fighting.

These issues existed despite the fact a proper legal system was recently set up in the country for the well-being of children, said Danish, who added legal advocacy for children’s rights existed in nine sectors of Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, an official at the Ministry of Social Affairs, Martyrs, and Disabled, Laluddin Aryubi, during the gathering said more than six million Afghan children were facing issues in 23 different spheres.

He said improving children’s lives topped the President Ashraf Ghani’s priority list and efforts by his ministry were also underway in this regard.

He said the Children Supporting Law draft had been endorsed by the Council of Ministers and sent to the National Assembly for approval. According to him, if the proposed draft was implemented, positive changes would come in children’s lives.

Human rights panel head at the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon, Fawzia Kofi, called the prevailing issues children faced in Afghanistan as ‘catastrophic.’

She confirmed the creation of a legal platform for children in the country but said nothing practically had been done in this regard.

Meanwhile, Save the Children, celebrating the children’s day, urged the Afghan Parliament to enact the Child Act without any delays and requested President Ghani to endorse it.

“This will provide the opportunity for the establishment of proper structures by the government to respond to the child rights challenges in the country,” the organization said in statement.

Save the Children celebrated Universal Children’s Day together with the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD), and National and International Non-Governmental Organizations in Kabul.

The organization also urged the Afghan government to further integrate UNCRC recommendations into the legal system to ensure there were improvements in the legal measures to respond to the child rights violations in a proper manner in Afghanistan.

 “We are optimistic that with the current focus on the Week of the Child by the Government of Afghanistan this can be taken forward with the required urgency.”

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