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
VOA News October 9, 2017 JAWZJAN, WASHINGTON — Local affiliates of the so-called Islamic State militant group have shut down dozens of schools in a restive district of northern Afghanistan, provincial officials said. Abdul Hai Yasheen, the director of education in northern Jawzjan province, told VOA that growing IS threats have scared thousands of students away
Reuters: Fatima’s Taliban husband was so controlling that he refused to allow her to bathe and threatened to burn her face if she dared wear makeup, suspicious that his 12-year-old Afghan wife was trying to make herself attractive to other men. Click here to read more (external link).
RFE/RL’s Balkan Service August 10, 2017 An Afghan refugee boy dubbed “Little Picasso” has exhibited his paintings and photographs in Belgrade, hoping to raise money for a Serbian child’s treatment for brain cancer. Farhad Noory, 10, has lived in a refugee camp in the city with his parents and brothers for only eight months, but