'Child labor rampant in Afghanistan'

Child labor is becoming more widespread in Afghanistan where more than 1.5 million children work to support their families, Press TV reports.

Despite international economic and humanitarian aid, the number of child laborers continues to grow in the war-torn country.

According to the report, the suffering of children in the war-ravaged country is multiplying with the passage of each year.

Poor children work for little wages and therefore, are hired at workshops, brick-making factories, coal mines and dozens of other places, the report added.

A large number of children that have to be at schools can be seen polishing shoes and gathering cans in areas where other people throw their garbage.

Several analysts believed that the US-led international aid would improve the lives of people after the US-led forces ousted the Taliban from power in 2001.

This is while the recent reports indicate that over 60 percent of Afghans still live below the poverty line.

And with the appalling conditions of child laborers, it is too hard to say that locals have been the recipients of the economic aid over the past 12 years.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washingtonâ„¢s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity and poverty continues to rise across the country, despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.


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Republished from: Press TV