Pakistani boys, who were displaced with their families from Pakistan’s tribal areas due to fighting, pose for a photograph, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on Oct. 23, 2013.
Afghan girls working at a brick manufacturer with buckets of stones on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.
In Afghanistan, more than 50 percent of the population of 24 million people is under the age of 18. UNICEF estimates that up to 30 percent of primary school age children are working and are often the sole source of income for their families. Already hobbled with an illiterate population (71 percent of adults and up to 86 percent of women) due to almost 30 years of conflict, Afghanistan’s future will be compromised if its children miss out on education.