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For Afghan Street Kids, Abuse Lurks On Every Corner

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Thousands of children roam the dusty streets and grimy alleyways of Afghanistan, working to earn desperately needed money for their families.

The sight of shabbily-dressed children, sometimes as young as three years old, is a common one around the military bases and shopping areas where they ply their trades under the blazing sun of summer or the biting cold of winter.

Many sell merchandise -- chewing gum, magazines, or even International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) memorabilia. Others polish shoes, wash cars or dispense good luck from a can of burning herbs known as an "espand."

Poverty and insecurity is forcing an increasing number of Afghan children to work and beg on the streets. And with the rising number of street kids -- estimated at 50,000 in Kabul alone, according to the United Nations -- comes an increase in cases of child abuse.

Sexual Assaults

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RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan contributed to this report

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

For Afghan Street Kids, Abuse Lurks On Every Corner

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