Monday, 29 November 2010

The conflict forced Afghan children to work

By Hanan Habibzai

More then three decades of war has forced millions of children in Afghanistan to feed their families.The United Nation figures show that 8.5 million children are the main responsible members of the families working in the streets to earn money and brining food to the rest of households.

An Afghan child struggling to earn money for food

The Poverty, poor security and an influx of refugees returning to Afghanistan from neighbouring countries are the main factors that compel families to force their children to work.

The Poor security:an Afghan child walking to cross the troops

A United Nation survey released last year ,showed that children were employed in a range of heavy jobs from washing cars in the street to working in shops and restaurants as well as in mechanical factories and garages.

Afghan employment law specify that children can work from the age of 15 but their working hours must not exceed 35 hours a week. Afghanistan is one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world. Most Afghans live on an estimated 1,5 a day and unemployment is at 60 percent.

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