Afghan children collect coal from a brick factory for their home on the outskirts of Kabul on June 1, 2018. AFP / NOORULLAH SHIRZADA
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Nearly half of all children in Afghanistan are out of school due to conflict, poverty, child marriage and discrimination against girls, the number rising for the first time since 2002, humanitarian organizations said in a report Sunday.Some 3.7 million children between the ages of 7 and 17, or 44 percent, are out of school, 2.7 million of them girls, Education Minister Mirwais Balkhi told a seminar, explaining a study conducted by UNICEF, USAID and the independent Samuel Hall think tank.In the worst-affected provinces, up to 85 percent of girls are not going to school, the aid groups said.
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