At-risk children are an inevitable consequence of Afghanistan being one of the most unstable countries in the world.
According to data produced by UNICEF, in 2014, 29 percent of children in Afghanistan were believed to
be bound to the streets as labourers. By 2017, this figure is almost certainly greater, as regional studies continue to report significant increases in the number of Afghan street children over the last decade.
Despite this, aggregate data is not easily found, due in large part to the scarcity of government resources available to report and protect these children on a national level.
Whether orphaned onto the streets (street-living children), have a home and family to return to after
working on the streets (street-working children), or whose family considers the streets both their home
and source of sustenance (street-family children)—shared adversity constrains these children to a life of daily hardship. Read more in this new BRD report.