One year after the Taliban takeover, girls are almost as likely as boys to go to bed hungry.
Save the Children research finds girls have become more isolated, hungry, and sad, and twice as likely as boys to go to bed hungry after the Taliban takeover.
This organization has announced the unfortunate situation of girls’ lives in Afghanistan today (Wednesday, 10, August ) by publishing a report on the situation of children one year after the Taliban takeover.
In this report, it is stated that the economic crisis, drought, and the Taliban group’s restrictions on women have destroyed the lives of girls in Afghanistan.
Also, Save the Children has mentioned that girls are excluded from society, they starve more than other sections of society, and 25% of all girls in the country suffer from depression.
According to the statistics of this organization, 97% of families in Afghanistan cannot provide enough food for their children and girls eat less food than boys.
Nearly 80% of the children who were interviewed to prepare this report said that they slept hungry at least one night in the last month.
In the meantime, girls have had to go to bed hungry twice as much as boys. Also, 90% of girls said that their meals have decreased in the last year.
Save the Children has also found that the Afghanistan crisis has had a dangerous impact on the mental state of children, including girls.
According to research, 26% of girls and 16% of boys have symptoms of depression, and 27% of girls and 18% of boys have symptoms of anxiety.
Chris Nyamandi, Save the Children Country Director in Afghanistan, said: “Life is dire for children in Afghanistan, one year since the Taliban took control. Children are going to bed hungry night after night. They’re exhausted and wasting away, unable to play and study like they used to. They’re spending their days toiling in brick factories, collecting rubbish and cleaning homes instead of going to school.”
He added: “Girls are bearing the brunt of the deteriorating situation. They’re missing more meals, suffering from isolation and emotional distress, and are staying home while boys go to school. This is a humanitarian crisis, but also a child rights catastrophe.
He continued: “The solution cannot be found in Afghanistan alone. The solution lies in the corridors of power and the offices of our global political leaders. If they don’t provide immediate humanitarian funding and find a way to revive the banking system and support the spiraling economy, children’s lives will be lost, and more boys and girls will lose their childhoods to labor, marriage, and rights violations.”
It is while after the Taliban group came to power in Afghanistan, this group imposed severe restrictions on women, and girls from the sixth to the twelfth grade were excluded from school. Also, poverty, unemployment, and hunger have increased frustration and depression among citizens, especially women.
Translated by: Ali Rezaei