Pakistan Kids smuggle food along the border to Afghanistan

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    Due to domestic upheavals, some Pakistan chidlren are forced to smuggle food and other forbidden things along the border area. They do not only need to pay attention to the beats from police when they are found, but also have to be aware of the possible terrorist attacks around them.

    Sabar Mina is an eigh-year-old girl who is wearing a light green shawl with dust. She's holding an empty flour bag which is used to carry some firewook. Her eyes are tender and friendly but tired. She has no chance to study in shcool but walk an hour to work.

    Sabar smuggles flour between two of the most dangerous countries in thew world, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Due to the skyrocketing price, Pakistan is now short of flour. Therefore, the smuggling of flour is illegal.

    Her work is not tough but also dangerous. She said:"When we bring the flour the Pakistani police stop us and they hit us, beat us.” But compared with the danger of attack by suicide bombers. Few days ago, Sabar and her little sister came across a suicide attack which killed many people.

    Even though, they still need to work. A charity organization assumes that about 300 kids go back and forth in the border. Kids like Sadar often need to lift the cargos over their head while those adults who have wheelbarrows can collect metal chips, oil tans and other cargos. Many adults treck across the border but some businessmen still need children because they are only allowed to cross the border by the police. The kids earn 20 cents per time they cross the border, sometimes even less.

    UNICEF helps to set up a charity organization in local regions but members in the organization know that then can not ask all kids to stop working and go back to school. Some kids live in caves with their family, every cent they earn is important to their family. Charity organizations provide loans without interests to those family on the condition that the parents send their children back to school. The organization said that more than 300 kids are now back to school but it is not a easy task. The organization and its members asked the journalists not to publish their name because they are afraid of the death threat from local Taliban, who blames the organization against the Islamic law.

    Source from Global Times Forum

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