OVER 24 PCT OF AFGHAN CHILDREN EXPERIENCE ANXIETY: UNICEF – BERNAMA

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KABUL, July 9 (Bernama-Xinhua) — Over 24 per cent of Afghan children between 5 and 17 years old experience anxiety in the war-ravaged country, according to a report released by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on Monday, reported Xinhua.

“Children in Afghanistan face severe mental health concerns. More than 24 per cent of children between ages 5 and 17 experience anxiety, a rate 10 times higher than the global average,” the report noted.

 The report also stated that about 15 per cent of Afghan children experience depression.

Conflict, migration, displacement, natural disasters, high levels of poverty and risks of harm from explosive ordnances all have exacerbated mental health challenges among the Afghan children, the report highlighted.

Aiming to drop off mental health concerns among the children, UNICEF operates more than 750 active child-friendly spaces throughout the country, the source concluded.  

— BERNAMA-XINHUA

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