Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Facts about children in Afghanistan

  • Children constitute one third of Afghanistan’s population.
  • There are hundreds of thousands of orphans living in Afghanistan.
  • One million Afghan children suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
  • The infant mortality rate declined to about 135 per 1,000 live births in 2006, from an estimated 165 per 1,000 in 2001.
  • One Afghan woman dies in childbirth about every half-hour and 20 percent of children never make it to their fifth birthday.
  • Though six million Afghan children are now enrolled in school, millions of others are not, due either to security concerns or employment demands.
  • Many Afghan children, especially girls, still do not have access to education.
  • An estimated 80 percent of school buildings across the country are damaged or destroyed.
  • About a quarter of all children seven to fourteen years old are forced to work to support their families.
  • Approximately 30 children are killed or maimed by landmines each month in Afghanistan.

Source : http://www.ayendafoundation.org/

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