Birth registration growing in Afghanistan

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Birth registration numbers have grown in Afghanistan's northern region. File Photo: WFP Afghanistan/Fezeh Hosseini

Birth registration numbers have grown in Afghanistan's northern region, with the support of a UN project designed to help prevent child labour and child marriage.

According to officials from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the number of parents registering their children in the north of the country has increased to 50 per cent in 2014.

The UN expects these numbers to reach 80 per cent in urban areas, and 60 per cent in rural areas by 2019.

Siobhán Garside reports.

The nationwide UNICEF project is designed to bring birth registration facilities closer to families and encourage parents to have their newly born children recognized as citizens.

The UN agency dedicated to youngsters says birth registration is a fundamental right and officially registers a child's existence, helping him or her ensure access to other rights.

The UN mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, reports that in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital city of the northern province of Balkh, there are now over 260 birth registration facilities available to parents.

In addition, more than 200 registration facilities are operating in villages, providing services to people living in the province's most remote areas.

Nearly 200 newborns from across Balkh are reportedly being registered each day.

Siobhán Garside, United Nations.

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