Children’s opportunities to study decreases to 24% since Taliban takeover

3 December, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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Afghanistan's economic and political condition has deteriorated since the Taliban gained control of the nation in mid-August last year, while Afghans' perceptions of their children's possibilities ...

Afghanistan’s economic and political condition has deteriorated since the Taliban gained control of the nation in mid-August last year, while Afghans’ perceptions of their children’s possibilities to study and thrive have dropped to 24%, according to a Gallup poll released on Thursday.

According to the study findings, a year after the country’s political turmoil, Afghans have given up hope for themselves and future generation. Survey claims less than one-fifth of Afghans (19%) are satisfied with their educational system or schools in 2022, which is tied for the lowest level of satisfaction reported in any country Gallup has polled in the last 16 years.

With widespread poverty and unemployment in Afghanistan, the condition for the country’s future generation, the children, has deteriorated, with some being pushed into weddings for dowries and others compelled to labour as minors.

Only 27% of Afghans feel children are treated with dignity and respect they deserve, and gender disparity has developed in reaction to accusations of gender persecution.

Afghanistan is now dealing with a significant humanitarian catastrophe, with the country now having the greatest number of people in emergency food insecurity in the world, with more than 23 million people in need of aid and nearly 95 percent of the population consuming insufficient food.

Furthermore, the human rights situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated since the collapse of the Afghan government and the Taliban’s return to power in August of last year.

Meanwhile, the Ukraine crisis has had a significant influence on the rise in food prices, making it out of reach for many Afghans.

Although the combat in the nation has ceased, major human rights violations, particularly against women and minorities, continue unabated. The women and girls in Afghanistan are confronting a human rights crisis, having been denied the fundamental rights to non-discrimination, education, job, public engagement, and health.