Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Child labor in eastern Afghanistan raises serious concern

According to Save the Children, there are 5,000 children working in brick factories in eastern Afghanistan, the Integrated Regional Information Networks reported Thursday. Rahattulah, 7, works in with his father and 12-year-old brother in one of the many brick factories in Sorkhroad. He said that even though he wants to go to school like other children his age, he cannot because his family is poor and he has to work to help meet their needs.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is considering establishing community schools near brick factories to improve educational access in the region, said Saeed Mohammed Saeed, UNICEF office director in Nangarhar.

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