In Afghanistan, tens of thousands of children work dangerous jobs in the country's carpet industry; as bonded labor in brick kilns; and as metal workers. 

Extreme poverty often drives Afghan children into hazardous labor. Afghanistan remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Landlessness, illiteracy, high unemployment, and continuing armed conflict in much of the country are among the most importantfactors contributing to chronic poverty and, as a result, child labor.