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Well-Known Singer Performs Concert For Street Children

Organizers say the event was aimed at raising the voice of street children and to inform the people about their plight.

In a small hall in the downtown Kabul, under heavy security measures, almost 1,000 street children shook their legs to the beats of the songs performed by famous singer Farhad Darya.

The artist remembers the days when children did not have to work on roads to earn money for bread for their families.

The concert was aimed at raising the voice of the street children and advocating a child-focussed law to be approved by Afghan government by the end of this year.

The organizer of the concert, Save the Children, said child labor will be banned if the draft-law is approved by government.

“Helping these kids is not just about financial aid. The society should be made aware of their plight. Society should opt for helping these kids,” said Farhad Darya, singer and Save the Children ambassador.

The Save the Children spokesperson Maryam Ataee said the concert was held to prevent the street children from forgetting.

“Save the Children wants the approval of the child regulations by the end of 2017. The regulation will ban child labor and will guarantee the welfare of children in Afghanistan,” she said.

Participants in the concert said they enjoyed the event and that they will continue their efforts to study.

“We thank Farhad Darya for inviting us to this concert and for singing his songs to make us happy,” said Benafsha, a child laborer.

“It was a great day for us,” said Lotfullah, another child.

The concert follows the World Day Against Child Labor on June 12. Save the Children said last year 200,000 child laborers returned with their families from Pakistan and Iran, a cause for major concern to the organization.

They said this number has been added to the already two million working children in the country – all between the ages of eight and 14.

According to the Save the Children, 60 percent of poor families rely on their children to earn an income. Their average wage is between 50 and 100 AFs a day.

Arts & Culture

Well-Known Singer Performs Concert For Street Children

Organizers say the event was aimed at raising the voice of street children and to inform the people about their plight.

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In a small hall in the downtown Kabul, under heavy security measures, almost 1,000 street children shook their legs to the beats of the songs performed by famous singer Farhad Darya.

The artist remembers the days when children did not have to work on roads to earn money for bread for their families.

The concert was aimed at raising the voice of the street children and advocating a child-focussed law to be approved by Afghan government by the end of this year.

The organizer of the concert, Save the Children, said child labor will be banned if the draft-law is approved by government.

“Helping these kids is not just about financial aid. The society should be made aware of their plight. Society should opt for helping these kids,” said Farhad Darya, singer and Save the Children ambassador.

The Save the Children spokesperson Maryam Ataee said the concert was held to prevent the street children from forgetting.

“Save the Children wants the approval of the child regulations by the end of 2017. The regulation will ban child labor and will guarantee the welfare of children in Afghanistan,” she said.

Participants in the concert said they enjoyed the event and that they will continue their efforts to study.

“We thank Farhad Darya for inviting us to this concert and for singing his songs to make us happy,” said Benafsha, a child laborer.

“It was a great day for us,” said Lotfullah, another child.

The concert follows the World Day Against Child Labor on June 12. Save the Children said last year 200,000 child laborers returned with their families from Pakistan and Iran, a cause for major concern to the organization.

They said this number has been added to the already two million working children in the country – all between the ages of eight and 14.

According to the Save the Children, 60 percent of poor families rely on their children to earn an income. Their average wage is between 50 and 100 AFs a day.

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