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Afghan kids out of school risk early marriage, child labor

  • FILE -- In this March 4, 2012 file photo, an Afghan displaced child carries another child on his back after picking up food rations from a truck organized by the World Food Program in Kabul, Afghanistan. Children of Afghan families returning from Pakistan who don’t go to school or don’t have access to education are increasingly at risk of early marriage and child labor according to a survey in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province by Save the Children. It cautions against an even more deteriorating situation as more than 3,500 Afghans return from Pakistan daily since Islamabad tightened regulations. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid, File)

    FILE -- In this March 4, 2012 file photo, an Afghan displaced child carries another child on his back after picking up food rations from a truck organized by the World Food Program in Kabul, Afghanistan. Children of Afghan families returning from Pakistan who don’t go to school or don’t have access to education are increasingly at risk of early marriage and child labor according to a survey in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province by Save the Children. It cautions against an even more deteriorating situation as more than 3,500 Afghans return from Pakistan daily since Islamabad tightened regulations. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this Dec. 16, 2015 file photo, Afghan students attend an under tent class in Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. Children of Afghan families returning from Pakistan who don’t go to school or don’t have access to education are increasingly at risk of early marriage and child labor according to a survey in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province by Save the Children. It cautions against an even more deteriorating situation as more than 3,500 Afghans return from Pakistan daily since Islamabad tightened regulations.(AP Photos/Mohammad Anwar Danishyar, File)

    FILE -- In this Dec. 16, 2015 file photo, Afghan students attend an under tent class in Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. Children of Afghan families returning from Pakistan who don’t go to school or don’t have access to education are increasingly at risk of early marriage and child labor according to a survey in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province by Save the Children. It cautions against an even more deteriorating situation as more than 3,500 Afghans return from Pakistan daily since Islamabad tightened regulations.(AP Photos/Mohammad Anwar Danishyar, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this Aug. 9, 2016 file photo, a displaced Afghan man with his children watch an acrobatic display during a juggling competition in Kabul, Afghanistan. Children of Afghan families returning from Pakistan who don’t go to school or don’t have access to education are increasingly at risk of early marriage and child labor according to a survey in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province by Save the Children. It cautions against an even more deteriorating situation as more than 3,500 Afghans return from Pakistan daily since Islamabad tightened regulations. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

    FILE -- In this Aug. 9, 2016 file photo, a displaced Afghan man with his children watch an acrobatic display during a juggling competition in Kabul, Afghanistan. Children of Afghan families returning from Pakistan who don’t go to school or don’t have access to education are increasingly at risk of early marriage and child labor according to a survey in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province by Save the Children. It cautions against an even more deteriorating situation as more than 3,500 Afghans return from Pakistan daily since Islamabad tightened regulations. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)  (The Associated Press)

A survey has found that children of Afghan families returning from Pakistan who don't go to school are increasingly at risk of early marriage and child labor.

The survey by Save the Children reveals an alarming crisis in eastern Afghanistan, among the returnees from Pakistan. It cautions against an even more deteriorating situation as more than 3,500 Afghans return from Pakistan on a daily basis after Islamabad tightened regulations.

The survey is based on 379 interviewees conducted by the agency between Oct. 28 and Nov. 8 in five districts of eastern Nangarhar province. The poll gave a 5 percent margin of error.

Parents facing poverty often feel the only stable choice they can make is to arrange a marriage for their child or to bring the children into the workforce.