AlterNet: It is estimated that about half of children under five years of age are stunted due to chronic malnutrition, and up to 10 percent have acute malnutrition. More than half of Afghan children suffer mental and physical damage because they are poorly nourished in the first two years of life. Click here to read more
There’s a new library in Kabul, Afghanistan, but this one has wheels, part of a wider plan to promote reading and literacy for the children and teenagers of Kabul. As VOA’s Sayed Hasib Maududi reports, those who want to read a good book just need to look for the blue bus. Faith Lapidus narrates.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 21, 2018 Babies born in the world’s poorest countries face “alarming” risks of death, with the highest mortality rates occurring in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and sub-Saharan Africa, a February 20 report from the United Nations Children’s Fund said. Despite major advances in medical care, the report said that seven thousand newborns
VOA News Mohammad Habibzada February 4, 2018 WASHINGTON — Widespread unrest in Afghanistan has kept thousands of children from receiving polio vaccines, Afghan officials claim. “During each polio vaccination drive, we target about 6 million children,” Mir Jan Rasekh, head of the Afghanistan Polio Eradication Public Awareness Program, told VOA. “But due to unrest, fighting, and
Millions of people saw our report on a 13-year-old Afghan boy supporting a family of nine, and many decided to help. Now he goes to school and has a normal childhood. (RFE/RL’s Afghan Service)
Ayesha Tanzeem VOA News February 1, 2018 ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Recruited as a child soldier into Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Lal Mohammed accompanied his elder teenage brother, Bakht e Ali and their father, Taweez Khan into the training and indoctrination for a promised life of religious glory. They lived for almost two years
Tolo News: The number of respiratory diseases among children is on the rise because of air pollution in Kabul and in other provinces. Using low-quality fuels for warming houses in some towns and big buildings in Kabul is one of the main causes of polluted air. Click here to read more (external link).
UNAMA: “These performances reflect the prevailing challenges children face in our communities,” said Ezathullah Shamshad, a teacher at the Ghazi Ayoub High School in Kandahar’s Maiwand district. He added that the Maiwand performance sent a positive message to parents and teachers on how to protect children from recruitment by armed groups and forces. Click here to
UN News Centre: Although the number of children under five years dying from diarrhoea each year in Afghanistan has dropped below 10,000 for the first time, the disease still claims the lives of 9,500 children, or 26 each day, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Thursday. Diarrhoea-related deaths account for around 12 per cent of
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty October 17, 2017 Efforts by Kabul and international donors to educate girls in Afghanistan have “significantly faltered in recent years,” according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). Sixteen years after the U.S.-led military intervention in Afghanistan ousted the Taliban from power, an estimated two-thirds of Afghan girls do not attend school, HRW