United Nations aid agencies are voicing concern at the number of children migrating across Europe alone. Many are from Afghanistan and their numbers are growing as the violence escalates.
The United Nations Refugee Agency says that in 2008 there were nearly 4,000 asylum claims across Europe by Afghan children travelling alone or separated from their families. But a year later that figure rose to more than 6,000.
Martin Patience is in Afghanistan from where children are sent on their hazardous journeys hoping for a better life in the West. He spoke to former child migrant Aman Ahmedi.