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United Nations: Child casualties in Afghanistan by 2021 increased by 55%

 The United Nations website for the coordination of humanitarian affairs published a report from the international organization Save the Children of the United Nations that showed that the number of children killed or injured in Afghanistan in the first half of 2021 increased by more than 55% compared to last year.

According to the report, more children were killed or injured in this period than in the same period in any other year. The mission recorded its data that children constituted 32% of the total civilian casualties, up from 30% a year ago. In addition, the number of girls’ victims has almost doubled compared to the previous period. The same last year, 622 casualties, the highest level ever recorded.

The report added that between January 1 and June 30, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) documented a total of 5,183 civilian casualties (1,659 killed and 3,524 injured) - an increase of nearly 50% from last year, of whom 468 were children killed and injured. 1214.

Chris Nyamandi, Save the Children Afghanistan country director, said: “Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places in the world for children, and these numbers are another horrific indictment of our failure to protect Afghan children from the horrific fallout of war.

"The record number of child casualties we have seen this year cannot be any clearer indication that the recent escalation of conflict is already having a disastrous impact on children. In addition to children being injured or killed in the crossfire, schools and health facilities must be destroyed," he added. This serves as a wake-up call for the international community to continue investing in Afghanistan's future before any progress made here is undone.

He called on all parties to stop violence, protect civilians, especially children, and respect their obligations under international humanitarian law. Every effort must be made to agree on a lasting peace settlement so that future generations of children can grow up in a country free from the fear of violence, death and injury.

“Instead of violence, all parties must focus on ensuring that children return to school as quickly as possible. Children have lost valuable time at school due to the double whammy of conflict and COVID-19, and the study on school dropout shows that girls are the most affected, for For Afghan children, and that education is their only chance to escape this devastation - they must not be deprived of this opportunity.”


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