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UNICEF concerned over increase in mental health disorders among children in Afghanistan

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has expressed concerns over increasing mental health issues among children in Afghanistan, stating that nearly 40% of these children currently face psychological disorders.

The agency revealed in a report on Monday, July 8th, 8th, that 24% of children aged five to seventeen have experienced severe anxiety, marking a 10% increase compared to the global average.

UNICEF further stated that an additional 15% of these children are experiencing severe depression.

However, UNICEF attributes the primary causes of mental health issues in Afghan children to ongoing conflict, continued migration, family displacement, increased poverty levels, and the dangers posed by leftover explosives from the war in Afghanistan.

The organization has established 750 psychosocial support centers across Afghanistan to assist boys and girls facing these challenges.

This dire situation in Afghanistan unfolds against the backdrop of a severe humanitarian crisis following the Taliban’s assumption of power.

The Taliban’s imposition of restrictions on education beyond sixth grade, particularly for girls, has had profound consequences. It has led to a significant increase in underage and forced marriages as families, facing economic hardship and fearing for their daughter’s safety and future, resort to marrying them off early.

This practice not only robs these girls of their right to education and childhood but also perpetuates cycles of poverty and gender inequality.

The combination of economic hardship and educational restrictions has created a bleak outlook for Afghan youth, especially girls, who are denied the chance to build a better future through education and empowerment.

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