Afghan Children Turning to Life on Street

Begging or selling, many are family's only source of income
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2008 3:55 AM CST
Afghan Children Turning to Life on Street
An Afghan boy, left, walks on the grave yard of a deadly suicide attack%u2019s victims in Baghlan province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday, Nov. 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – An estimated 60,000 children in Afghanistan spend their days hawking trinkets or begging on the streets, and many are their families' sole source of income. Aid workers say the kids are a legacy of the country's 25 years of nearly continuous war, NPR reports. "The majority of them are not going to the school because they are working full time," one said.

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The kids average less than $2 for a day's work. And the aid workers say Afghanistan just has too much on its plate, including the resurgence of the Taliban, to concentrate on helping them. "My father is old, my mother is weak and only I can make the household run. So I need to sell plastic bags," explained one 14-year-old boy. (Read more Afghanistan stories.)

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