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September 27, 2018
The Kabul Times

Children; small breadwinners of their households

Continued war, insecurities and immigrations are among the factors caused a number of people to be addicted to narcotics and forced their children to vend alongside the roads.
Shiba, a 7-years-old girl who wore an old clothing and was selling socks somewhere in Kabul city told The Kabul Times, “My father is addicted to narcotics. We have recently hospitalized him in Pul-e-Charkhi hospital for recovery. I along with my two small brothers and six sisters are living in a rental house in Kot-e-Sangi.”
She added we usually sell socks alongside the roads to find money of a loaf of bread for our family.
She said that my father was selling cages in Sar-e-Kotal, Khairkhana and he was a good father to us, but unfortunately, his friends made him addicted to narcotics.
“We had a house and were living in a calm atmosphere. My father sold our house, made my sisters to marry and spent their money for his narcotics. Now, we are living in a rental house and monthly pay 2000 Afg,” she further said.
She added we have to work to find the rent of our house and our father’s treatment money.
Zabihullah, an 11-years-old boy who is a seven grade school student and polishing the shoes said, “We are eight in the family. My father is the elder of our family and is a shoemaker. We cannot afford the rent of our house and we all have to work to manage our life affairs.”
Ahmad another boy who is 10, and works in a cookie shop said, “There is no one else in our house to work. I work in a cookie shop and two sisters of mine sell plastic bags in the city through which we can find the rent of our house and a loaf of bread to eat.”
He said I always woke up early morning and hurryingly go to shop, and if I don’t get to there on time, my weekly payment would reduce. With tearful eyes, he added if my father was not disabled, we would have not been facing such a destiny.
He said despite all these problems, I and my sisters are doing our best to study our lessons and don’t leave our school.
He says I want to be a doctor in the future and cure my father.
This is while that a number of children are the breadwinners of their families—a move caused a number of them to be deprived of education. Thus, it is hoped the government pays heed and assists the destitute children so they can serve their homeland in the future.
Karima Malikzada

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