Rueid does his homework before he goes to school at his roadside workshop in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, on Oct. 31, 2009. The 12-year-old boy Rueid, his 11-year-old brother Naweed and their 9-year-old sister Asma are three common Afghan children as well as the breadwinners of a 12-member family in Kabul. The trio siblings spend their childhood in a mechanic shop repairing car tyres to earn meager money. Rueid, who studies in the 5th grade, said that they could earn 100 Afghanis to 150 Afghanis (2 U.S. dollars to 3 U.S. dollars) daily. To sustain lives, the siblings often eat the food dumped by policemen stationed in the nearby checkpoint. Asma replaced her elder sister Sadia since in Afghan, the tradition prevents young girls and women from going out of home for work.
Weasdeen, 12, hides a smile behind his hands at an auto mechanic shop in Kabul February 19, 2002.. He has been working for one year. It is not uncommon for Afghan children as young as five to be working full time. Approximately 90 percent of children in Afghanistan do not go to school. There were 28, 000 children working in the streets of Kabul in 1995, 50,000 in 1999, and estimated to be even higher today.
ما كودكاني هستيم كه چون به خواب مي رويم روياي سعادت مي بينيم و چون بيدار مي شويم تعبيري جز تيره روزي و بدبختی نمي يابيم…
We are those children who goes to sleep and dreams of peace and happiness, once we wake up there is only wars provety and hardship
Afghan man with his daughter.