Picture: Afghan Children sells bags in streets.
Working in the streets left no time for children to think about their future.
The Ugly poverty of families brought children in street to work for earning 70—200 AFG/per days. Working in the streets didn’t let the children to study well in the school and think or have cleared prospective.
UNICEF estimated that 30% of children ages 5—14 were engaged in child labor (2010/11 est.). Child labor has different forms with different situations. Workings in the streets are one of the worse jobs of the children. Among different jobs that children engaged in the streets, selling bags and ice cream are common jobs of many children.
Omid, who was 11 year old, was bags seller in the street for earning 70 AFG per days. He usually bought bags in lower cost than he sells to the people, who done shopping, in front of Shopping centers. Aman, who was 14 years old, was Ice cream seller in the streets and alleys with loud voice of “Ice cream, Ice Cream” and with special music of Ice cream for earning 200 AFG per days. He also bought ice creams lower than he sells to people.
The both children didn’t desire to suffer from working in the streets. Aman said that I wish I had better chance to live because I suffer. The suffering that they tolerated was not what they wanted and what they did choose. Family poverty and situation forced them to do work in the streets. “My family forced me to work.” Said Omid
Large number of households and low salaries of the fathers of the families forced the children’s foot to the streets. Omid’s father was fruit seller in the streets and couldn’t make enough money for eight households. Aman’s father’s job was harder. He was coal worker in Coal mines of central Afghanistan and was not able to earn enough money for nine households.
“We Need help; save us from poverty.” said Aman. Aman and Omid families didn’t receive help and they became victims of their families’ poverty and scarified themselves for their families. Scarifying themselves, seen, were not enough. Their families did beat both Omid and Aman. Aman said that my father did beat me so many times when he was in Kabul.
Meanwhile, they studied 5th grade and 6th grade at Public schools. Omid, who was in 5th grade, said that I study a little in the nights after working in the streets. Aman in 6th grade studied to pass the exams and he said that I sometime fail in final exams and then I pass one grade in second chances exams.
Working in streets blinded their prospective. While society will offer fewer opportunities, they have no idea about future. “I Have no idea about future but wished to become president.” said Omid. Wishing to become president sounds great but many other children even didn’t think about future and didn’t have wish. “I have no time to think about future and dreaming.” said Aman.