Street children in Kabul call for peace, seek education   2011-01-18 20:09:46 FeedbackPrintRSS

by Farid Behbud, Zhang Jianhua

KABUL, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- As the Taliban-led insurgency is continuing unabated in the war-torn Afghanistan, the suffering Afghan children, like their parents, are lamenting the protracted war and seeking peace and schooling.

"We want peace. We want better life. We have been fed up with the continued war. Enough is enough. My prime desire is to go to school in a peaceful environment," Hamid, 8, told Xinhua's scribe here in Afghan capital city Kabul.

Hamid went on to say, "My dream is to become a doctor and serve my people."

The protracted war and civil strife have caused Hamid's father to lose his leg, leaving the naive Hamid alone to serve as the only bread earner of four-member family.

Nevertheless, the disability of his father and poverty has forced the ambitious Hamid to forget childhood's joy, but to shoulder family burden to survive.

"To materialize my dream, I am working hard and I go to school half day besides working on the street to earn money and support family," Hamid continued.

Portraying his hardship, the forced labor child who cleans cars in the chilly weather of Kabul said, "I earn 30 to 80 Afghanis from afternoon to dusk." The exchange rate of the U.S. dollar to Afghan national currency Afghani is about 1:45.

Editor: Xiong Tong

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