SAVE THE CHILDREN ALARMED BY RECORD NUMBER OF CIVILIAN DEATHS AND ATTACKS ON EDUCATION IN AFGHANISTAN
Almost 1,700 civilians were killed by conflict in Afghanistan in the first half of 2018 – the highest number for this period in any of the past 10 years – according to new UN data released yesterday.
AVA- The quarterly civilian casualty figures from the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) also revealed that for the third year in a row, more than 5,000 civilians were killed or injured between January and June. Among these, 363 children were killed and 992 were injured, a 15 percent reduction from the same period last year.
At the same time, there has been a worrying increase in attacks on education facilities, including at least 12 attacks in Nangarhar province in the last month alone.
“It is extremely concerning to see so many civilians being killed in Afghanistan, where there has been a marked deterioration in the security situation in recent years,” Save the Children Country Director in Afghanistan, Onno van Manen said. “Hundreds of children are being killed by conflict – almost two per day – when they should be enjoying safe, happy and healthy childhoods.
“It is also becoming more and more dangerous for ordinary Afghans to conduct their daily lives and for children to go to school. Already more than 3.5 million Afghan children are missing out on their right to education, and conflict only makes this worse.
“Attacks on civilians—especially children—can never be tolerated. Not only do they kill and injure innocent people, but they also cause untold distress and often lead to serious psychosocial issues and impact the longer-term development of children.
“Save the Children condemns these attacks, and we call upon all parties in Afghanistan to do everything in their power to protect children,” Mr van Manen said.
Save the Children has been working in Afghanistan since 1976, running a range of development and humanitarian programmes including in health, education and child protection.
Monday 16 July 2018 23:15