According to the Iranian media, the number of Afghan child laborers in Iran has increased 20-fold since the Taliban assumed power, citing officials from human rights organizations.
Consistent with the Iranian media, Fatah Ahmadi, Iran’s deputy minister of justice for human rights and international affairs, alerted that the Taliban presence in Afghanistan was producing instability for families and elevating child labor in Iran, during the World Day against child labor.
The deputy minister of justice for human rights and international affairs was quoted by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s official news agency, IRNA, as claiming that the Taliban’s dominance in Afghanistan had forced a wave of families to flee to Iran with their young children, and that the children had been employed to start a new life.
He justified the rise in working children in Iran by saying, “We could not stop them but to shelter them for humanitarian grounds.”
Despite the fact that the number of working children in Afghanistan has increased since the Taliban took power, the group has not responded to the upsurge of Afghan working children in Iran yet.
With the Taliban’s presence, labor resources, industries, and companies, both public and private, ceased to operate, and as a result, poverty, inflation, and spread of the drought affected people, and now more than half of Afghanistan’s population is unsure where they will get their next meal from.