Monday, July 25th, 2016

Child deaths in Afghan at all time high, UN calls it shameful

Narada Desk | July 25, 2016 4:07 pm Print
22,941 people were killed in Afghanistan from 2009

More Afghan children lost their life in the first half of  2016 than in any six month period since 2009 says a UN report.

1601 people  were dead in the first six months of 2016 of which 388 were children

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Raad Al Hussein, said the situation is which is particularly alarming and shameful”.

According to UN report 22,941 people were killed by violence in Afghanistan from 2009.

According to the report 157,987 Afghans newly displaced so far in 2016, up 10% on this time last year – an estimated 12 lakh  Afghans are now internally displaced.

Last week 80 people were killed in a bomb blast carried out by the ISIS, which targeted  members of Hazara minority, a Shia sect.

The UN report says the anti- government forces are responsible for the majority of the killings.

Taliban and ISIS have carried out majority of attacks in Afghanistan. But the report adds that 1,180 casualties were  “attributable to pro-government forces”, a 47% increase on the same period last year.

Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Special Representative for Afghanistan, said every casualty listed represents “a failure of commitment” and should prompt “concrete steps” to reduce suffering.

The causalities have been increasing ever since the NATO ended its operation and international troops withdrew from Afghanistan