Afghan orphans: The innocent victims of 30 years of war

There are almost two million orphans in Afghanistan. Many are left to beg on the street for food, while others are living in orphanages beset by corruption. Despite an increase in general education enrollment (Years 1-12) from 0.9 million to over 9 million since 2001, Afghanistan has a literacy rate of just 31% with female literacy rates on average 17% (UNESCO, 2017). If the rate in which children are becoming destitute is maintained, how can literacy rates in Afghanistan possibly begin to improve? Education is a priority for the Afghan Government and Foreign Aid Organizations. However, supporting orphans in...

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