The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) confirmed that a quarter of civilian deaths in Afghanistan in the first half of 2016 were children.
The group on Monday in Kabul said in a report From January to June this year that 388 children were killed and 1,121 were wounded.
UNAMA said that the number of child casualties in Afghanistan in the first half of 2016 was the highest half-year total since 2009.
Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA, described the development as alarming and shameful.
He noted that Afghanistan had 5,166 total civilian casualties in the first half of 2016, including 1,601 deaths and 3,565 injuries.
“Female casualties stood at 507, including 130 killed and 377 injured.
“Every single casualty documented in this report were people killed while praying, working, studying, fetching water, recovering in hospitals,” he said.
Yamamoto called on all parties to take meaningful, concrete steps to reduce civilians’ suffering and increase protection.
“60 per cent of the total casualties were caused by the opposition of the Afghan government, while government forces inflicted 23 per cent of civilian casualties. (dpa/NAN)