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Afghan conflict still has devastating toll on civilians UN report PDF Print E-mail
UNITED NATIONS,Aug 8 (APP):Conflict-related violence in Afghanistan is still having devastating consequences for civilians despite the decrease in casualties this year, according to a United Nations report released Wednesday.The United Nations welcomes the reduction in civilian casualties, but we must remember that Afghan children, women and men continue to be killed and injured at alarmingly high levels, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom, said in Kabul, according to a news release issued at UN Headquarters in New York.The 2012 Mid-year Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict states that during the first half of the year, conflict-related violence led to 1,145 civilian deaths and 1,954 injuries.While these figures represent a 15 per cent decrease compared to last year, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) stressed that more needs to be done protect civilians. The 3,099 civilian casualties documented in this report were ordinary Afghans struggling to go about their daily lives in the midst of an armed conflict, said Mr. Haysom, adding that out of the 3,099 casualties, 925 were women and children. I call on all parties to the conflict to increase their efforts to protect civilians from harm and to respect the sanctity of human life.

 

     

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