Mar 2018

Nearly four decades of war in Afghanistan has led to socioeconomic strife on a nationwide scale. Extreme poverty and instability have caused an increase in child labor in the country. Many families are thus forced to employ their children to earn extra money to survive. According to UNICEF, child labor affects around 25% of afghan children from age five to fourteen. (Afghanistan Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2010 – 2011: Final Report). These children do not have the opportunity to attend formal schools.

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Afghan children face hardship on many levels, but disabled children are confronted with additional barriers, such as social stigma and isolation from the community. It is believed that 1 in 20 Afghan children today live with disabilities, either congenital or as a consequence of the ongoing war. The continuing conflict and displacement of populations make it difficult to plan and provide specialized rehabilitation and education services for the disabled.

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