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Teenage boy takes his own life in Daikundi amid rise in suicide rate

A 16-year-old boy suicided in the central Daikundi province.

The boy, identified as Hadi, took his life in the Qala Sar Nili village on Saturday, the local Nasim Radio reported.

Ghulam Ali Jawed, Taliban’s media head in the province, confirmed the incident, adding that Hadi hailed from the Qalqadir area of Daikundi.

The motive behind the teenager’s suicide is unclear, he added.

An investigation is underway.

Last week, a 12-year-old boy died of suicide in Sang Takht-o-Bandar district in Daikundi.

Since the Taliban takeover in August 2021, the suicide rate is on the rise across Afghanistan amid a worsening humanitarian crisis, acute hunger, and a high rate of unemployment. Life has become extremely difficult for many vulnerable people, particularly women, and girls who have been deprived of basic human rights.

The reasons behind suicide are complex and involve multiple factors, including poverty, unemployment, mental health problems, domestic violence, addiction, and many other social pressures. The absence of a robust national prevention plan to provide urgent assistance to those at risk and promote public awareness of suicide prevention further contributes to the surge.

If you’ve been affected by these issues or show warning signs, you should immediately seek help from a medical or mental health expert.