• In Afghanistan's bloodiest year the number of civilians killed or injured in the first six months of the year rose by 25 per cent to nearly 5,000.
• 2,500 Afghan families face three months of sub-zero temperatures without appropriate shelter.
• Humanitarian community loses 8 aid workers to Afghanistan's on-going conflict
406 million requested (US$)
Children pay the price for conflict
Zahra is just over one month old and her life was at risk before she was even born. She was delivered by C-section when her mother Naseeba was brought to a hospital run by the Emergency NGO with a bullet in her stomach. X-rays revealed that the bullet entered her body in the thigh, and traveled upward through her pelvis, stopping just a few centimeters from the little girl she was carrying.
She is one of over 1,000 children admitted, since January 2014, to hospitals operated by Emergency NGO in Afghanistan with conflict-related injuries; as compared to 908 children in the same period in 2013.
As the conflict between Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and non-state armed actors continues, figures point to an alarming hike in the number of women and children wounded since the start of 2014. According to a UNAMA report released in July 2014, the number civilians killed or injured in the first six months of the year rose by 25 per cent to nearly 5,000, as compared to 2013, making 2014 "the bloodiest year since the UN started keeping records in 2009."
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