14-year-old boy commits suicide in Kandahar province

A 14-year-old boy committed suicide in the Arghandab district of the southern Kandahar province.

Taliban officials in the district found the body of the boy, identified as Mohammad Yasin Agha, hanging from a tree on Friday at 6 am. Agha was missing since Thursday night.

The teenage boy hailed from the Kalacha Saidan area.

The motive behind Agha’s suicide is unclear, but Taliban officials quoted Agha’s father saying that his son committed suicide due to “poverty” and “hardships”.

An investigation is underway, Taliban officials added.

On Saturday, a 14-year-old boy took his own life by hanging in Kandahar’s Maiwand district.

Afghanistan has seen a sharp rise in suicide rates since the Taliban’s return to power in August 2021. Poverty, unemployment, family violence, depression, and mental illnesses are considered to be the key contributors to these incidents.