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Unaware of Eid, Khalid knows only sweat and toil

11 Sep 2016 - 13:07
11 Sep 2016 - 13:07

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): A 13-year-old boy in northern Kunduz province says he has to toil beyond his capacity to meet family needs. Out of school, he is acutely aware of what the future holds for him.

Around 2 million Afghan children do hard things because the government has failed to provide them with education or help their families. Multiple strategies have been devised but not properly implemented.

Kunduzis one of the provinces where child labour has been on the raise. Most children in the embattled province did not go to school.

This Pajhwok reporter paid a visit to Kunduz City, the provincial capital, at a time when people were busy preparingto celebrate Eid. The city was more crowded.

The reporter came across a 13-year-old child, named Khaliduddin, who wore tattered clothes and old shoes. He pushed a handcart to carry shoppers’ luggage.

In the slightly hot weather, the boy sweated due to the hard work he was doing. He mistook this scribe for a client. He readily offered to shift if there was anything.

Instead the reporter asked him for an interview you, but the boy declined and said he had earned only 10 afghanis and wanted to earn more.

However, after multiple requests, he agreed to answer a few queries about himself, his family and living conditions.

Khaliduddin saidhis father had a cardiac problem and stayed bed-ridden. While speaking to Pajhwok, the minor still looked for clients. He has two sisters and three brothers. “My elder brother also works to support our family.”

He said there were larger crowds in the city as Eid approached. Everyone wants to buy something for Eid, but the disappointed Khalid is unaware of what this festival means to children of his age. He only thinks about work and earning.

Tiredness and pressure were writ large on his face, the boy said they lived in na tottering house in the Sei Dark locality of Kunduz City. “We can only think about daily wages and survival,” he remarked.


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