Statement by ECPC Chair Rima Salah on Children in Afghanistan

The ECPC urgently calls for investment in early childhood services and strategies in all humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan.

Afghan woman is holding a placard showing Afghan children suffering from the Taliban regime, during the demonstration in support of Afghanistan taking place in Amsterdam, on August 28th, 2021. (Photo by Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via AP)
More than 400 families from Kunduz, Sar-e Pol and Takhar provinces, have taken shelter in the Peer Mohammad Kakar high-school in Dasht-e-Padola, Southern Kabul. Thousands of families continue to be displaced into Kabul and other urban areas as they seek safety from conflict and instability. In the past six weeks alone, around 18,000 people arrived in Kabul. (UNICEF/UN0502898/UNICEF Afghanistan)
Kabul, 14 August 2021 — More than 400 families from Kunduz, Sar-e Pol and Takhar provinces, have taken shelter in the Peer Mohammad Kakar high-school in Dasht-e-Padola, in Southern Kabul. Thousands of families continue to be displaced into Kabul and other urban areas as they seek safety from conflict and instability. In the past six weeks alone, around 18,000 people arrived in Kabul. Families are either renting or being hosted by friends and family, but a growing number are also staying in the open in different parts of the city. (Photo by UNICEF/UN0502898/UNICEF Afghanistan)
Ali Mohammad and his daughter Asma from Kandahar are displaced from their hometown due to conflict and war. They now reside in the Haji camp where they do not have a decent home. In the last few months, the conflict in Afghanistan has escalated and over 18 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Four million children are out of school. Nearly 400,000 people have left their homes to seek refuge; over half are children. (UNICEF/UN0498792/UNICEF Afghanistan)
Ali Mohammad and his daughter Asma from Kandahar are displaced from their hometown due to conflict and war. They now reside in the Haji camp where they do not have a decent home. In the last few months, the conflict in Afghanistan has escalated and over 18 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Four million children are out of school. Nearly 400,000 people have left their homes to seek refuge; over half are children. (UNICEF/UN0498792/UNICEF Afghanistan)

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