On 5 October 2016, the European Union and the Government of Afghanistan will co-host the Brussels conference on Afghanistan.
As leaders meet to discuss about the future of Afghanistan, Save the Children calls on the Afghan government, the EU and international donors to step up their investment in the future of Afghan children. Despite progress over the last decade, progress remain fragile and could be undermined by the recent escalation of violence and displacements. It is time now to sustain and increase investment in health, education and protection.
Last year, half of the unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Europe were from Afghanistan, fleeing poverty, limited education and livelihood opportunities and violence. Unless we invest in their future in Afghanistan, Save the Children is concerned that more children may decide to undertake the perilous journey of moving to Europe.