Children of Conflict in Afghanistan Essay

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Children of Conflict: Afghanistan
In the crowded city of Kabul there is a growing population of about six million children who dropped out of school to work and support their families. These children over work themselves every day to earn 10 cents per plastic bag, running between cars after pedestrians. Girls disguise themselves as boys so they would be able to go and sell plastic bags and earn a few Afghanis to get some bread to feed the family. The United Nations estimated that there are about fifty-thousand street children in Kabul alone. Most of those street children can’t afford an education because their fathers are unemployed or died in one of the wars (Haidary). Data has shown that in 2002 there were thirty-eight thousand
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There are many similarities and differences regarding the poverty in Afghanistan and America and their effect on children. An Afghani child’s education is greatly effected due to lack of means. However, poverty in America is considered a life style because there are many ways to meet their basic needs. In America, families living below the poverty line are eligible for welfare for nutrition, Medicare for health, free public education and shelters to live in. While in Afghanistan, only about forty-five thousand out thirty million Afghanis have access safe water and sanitation. And about thirty-thousand Afghanis receive nutritional support and eighty-five thousand gain economic self-sufficiency (“Afghanistan”).
Although millions of Afghanis have returned to school after the collapse of Taliban in 2002, thousands of children still work in the street to sustain their families. Children at the age of ten and older would love to go to school and learn. However, with the poverty they’re living in, it is difficult to survive and go to school at the same time. Poverty ridden children are unable to maintain their grades due to a lack of stability in their lives. They go to work on the streets of Kabul offering whatever service they can so they can meet their physiological needs (“AFGHANISTAN: Poverty forces children to quit

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