Life is dire for children in Afghanistan, more than a year since the Taliban took control of the country. Children are facing extreme hunger, exploitation, no education, endless disease outbreaks and, for many children, death.
Crippling drought and the economic crisis are pushing Afghanistan to the brink of collapse, with food prices, unemployment and poverty skyrocketing. 18.9m children and adults are facing severe food shortages.
Children are going to bed hungry night after night, and girls are reporting this almost twice as much as boys.
Eight million girls and boys in Afghanistan need support to stay in school. Secondary school girls are banned from attending classes and many teacher’s salaries have not been paid for months. The economic crisis is also pushing children out of school, with many households unable to pay for transport, supplies, or the burqas and hijabs now required for girls.
They’re exhausted, wasting away, unable to play or study – not to mention, sad, worried and scared.