BBC News: A young Afghan boy who became famous online for his devotion to footballer Lionel Messi has been forced to flee his home for the second time. Murtaza Ahmadi, now aged seven, went viral in 2016 after being photographed wearing a homemade Messi shirt, fashioned out of a plastic bag. He later met his hero
RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan | November 26, 2018: Twelve-year-old Ada from the Afghan capital, Kabul, polishes shoes to support her siblings and her parents who cannot work because of poor health. She is one of an estimated 1.9 million child laborers in Afghanistan.
1TV: Twelve infants have died in a hospital in Afghanistan’s north-eastern Panjshir province due to lack of oxygen, police said Monday. Mohammad Ishaq Tamkin, the provincial police chief, told 1TV that that the incident happened in Anaba district. Click here to read more (external link). Related and other Health News Mysterious Outbreak Kills 12 Newborns In
RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan: Mohibullah can’t walk, and his parents can’t afford a wheelchair for him. But this 9-year-old in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan Province is determined to go to school, no matter what.
Lisa Schlein VOA News October 24, 2018 GENEVA — As another World Polio Day comes around, the World Health Organization reports three polio endemic countries— Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria — hold the key to the global eradication of this crippling disease. About one-half million children were becoming paralyzed by polio every year when the World Health
Al Jazeera | October 10, 2018: Afghanistan’s government is trying new ways to help young men who fought with the Taliban. Some of them are as young as 12 and have been sentenced for offences such as attempted suicide bombing or possessing roadside explosive devices. Prison authorities are converting what were once cells into classrooms, using education and games
Tolo News: Afghanistan is expected to launch a nationwide measles vaccination campaign on Saturday, officials from the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said on Thursday. Statistics show that over the past six months, 58 children died of measles across the country while 68 died last year. Click here to read more (external link).
Foreign Policy: In a Kabul clinic, staff struggle to help teenagers drafted by the Taliban. A report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) in 2016 noted that the Taliban had been training and deploying teenagers for a range of military operations, especially for the placement of IEDs. Emotional manipulation plays an important role in convincing the children to