Civilian deaths at record high in Afghan conflict

Jul 25, 2016, 5:09 AM EDT
Conflict in Afghanistan
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The United Nations expressed serious concern over the “alarming” increase in children death in Afghanistan, which it said reached a record high in the first half of 2016. According to the U.N. assistance mission in Afghanistan (U.N.A.M.A.), more than 1,600 civilians have been killed and about 3,500 others injured between January and June this year. The total number of children deaths has crossed 1,500 since the U.N. began issuing its authoritative reports in 2009.

The statistics are a grim indicator of a crippled security apparatus in Afghanistan, where the Taliban carries out nationwide attacks and its rival Islamic State continues to expand its presence in the eastern part of the country, writes The Guardian.

The latest report also documents cases that expose serious human rights violations including the use of children in conflict, sexual violence against children, summary executions, targeting of activists and assaults on health and education facilities.

Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Special Representative for Afghanistan, said every civilian casualty shows a “failure of commitment” from the parties to the conflict, notes the BBC. The report, which comes after 80 people were killed in the deadliest attack in Kabul in 15 years, said the history will judge the leaders involved in this conflict by their “actual conduct.”