The Most Vulnerable
The most vulnerable group in any disaster zone or war zone is children. In particular the highest risk is for those children who have no father.
There are an estimated 2 million orphans in Afghanistan. Orphans have a high vulnerability to sexual abuse, forced prostitution and financial exploitation due to not having the basic means of survival.
Children in Afghanistan suffer from chronic malnutrition and widespread occurrence of micro-nutrient deficiency. In fact 1 in 10 children die before reaching the age of 5 years. Those orphans who survive the early years are then forced by circumstance to work from the age of 6 or 7 in order to provide for themselves and their siblings.