Afghan children face the brunt of a worsening humanitarian crisis, forcing them to turn to child labor or early marriages as poverty grips the nation, with the onset of winter in the war-ravaged country likely to exacerbate the situation for impoverished families.

Sameer, 8, sells chewing gums in Shar-e-Now of Kabul city for less than two dollars a day to support a family of six.

In the desperation to collect enough money to pay the house rent and feed the family, the Class 4 student, whose priciest possessions include a cricket bat, has not forgotten his dream of becoming an engineer. EFE