KABUL (Pajhwok): In one of the freezing coldest days, a 10-year-old boy is busy polishing shoes on one of the Kabul City roadside and says liked to go to school and become a doctor in the future.
Wrapping himself in clothed due to cold, the boy is Mohammad Amin, he has an eight member family and originally hailed from the Kashanda district of Balkh province.
Amin’s family migrated to Kabul from Balkh due to economic problems five years ago and currently live in an old house in one of the hills of Kabul.
He works close to the Ministry of Education to help his father bear the burden of life.
Due to economic hardship Amin was unable to go to school and told Pajhwok Afghan News that he wished to go to school and become a doctor in the future.
He said he go to work at 7:00am and return to home after Maghrib prayer along with his sister, she clean the windshield of vehicles.
He was happy the way people treated him and added sometimes people gave him money without polishing shoes.
Amin was feeling cold as his clothes were not suitable to keep him war, he added he also dreamed to send his parents to Hajj.
He said daily he worked and earned up to 200 afs and spent his money to accommodate his family.
He said during winter and cold weather he face many problems and due to financial constraints he travelled from Balkh to Kabul.
Bibizad, the elder sister of Amin said her father had a hand-cart and gave 1,500 rent.
She also wished to go to school with his brother and serve people and her family in the future.
She asked government and aid providing agencies to help her family members in difficult situation.
Sorya Yousufi, a civil society activist, said any person less than 18 is a child and hard labour on children hampered their physical and mental well-being. In addition, it refrained children from getting education as well.
“Due to humanitarian crises the number of child labour was on the raise and their rights were violated,” she said.
She asked the government to pay attention to these children because there were the assets of the country and provide them all their violated rights.
Abdul Jalil Amarkhel, one of the psychologists, said that sending children to roads and streets for work will have negative impact on their mental health.
He said: “Children who work in the street are deprived of maternal and paternal affection and the only thing they see is humiliation and insult because they have not developed mentally and psychologically. When they make a mistake, they are humiliated by the employer.”
Amrakhel believed these children will not be able to interact with any person in the future.
But government often reaffirmed its commitment to support street children and children without parents and pledged to provide them their rights.
It is pertinent to mention that this is not only Amin but there were thousands of children suffering from the same issue.
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