Civilian casualties remain near record high levels in Afghanistan
KABUL - Civilian deaths and injuries in Afghanistan remained near record high levels in the first nine months of the year, largely as a result of ground engagements, new data from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) indicates.
Extreme harm to Afghan civilians continues as suicide attacks worsen, latest UN report shows
KABUL - The number of civilians killed and injured in the Afghanistan conflict during the first six months of 2017 persisted at the same record high levels as last year, according to a mid-year report from the United Nations. Extreme harm to civilians continued amid a worsening toll from suicide attacks, and a greater impact on women and children.
HERAT - Raising awareness about the dangers to children in armed conflict was the focus of a series of UN-backed events in several Herat schools in recent weeks.
In the latest event, organized this week by the Herat regional office of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and held in the Atefi High School for boys, some 500 students and 30 teachers engaged on a range of issues around children’s rights.
KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is deeply concerned by the continued increase in conflict-related child deaths in 2017 and urges parties to the conflict to take immediate measures to reduce harm.
KABUL - The UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) urges all parties to the conflict to take immediate and concrete measures to better protect civilians from harm, as the latest data for 2017 released today by UNAMA shows continued high numbers of civilian casualties.
MAZAR - Schoolteachers and local activists from Mazar have held a workshop to find ways to prevent the recruitment of children by armed groups, and encourage awareness of the dangers of landmines.
Thousands of children in Afghanistan are victims of armed conflict, with 923 deaths recorded just in 2016, 108 of those in the northern region, and 2,589 children injured across the country – the highest number since data collection began in 2009.
KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns yesterday’s killing of 12 civilians, including eight children returning home from school for the weekend, caused when the vehicle in which they were travelling detonated a pressure-plate improvised explosive device (PPIED) placed on a main public road in Paktika province.
UN calls on parties to take urgent measures to halt civilian casualties, as numbers for 2016 reach record high
KABUL - The United Nations called on all warring parties in Afghanistan to take urgent steps to halt the killing and maiming of civilians, as a new UN report issued today recorded the highest ever number of civilian casualties in a single year, including record figures for children killed and injured in 2016.
Afghanistan: Record level of civilian casualties sustained in first half of 2016 — UN report
KABUL, 25 July 2016 - A UN report on Afghanistan published Monday shows a record number of civilian casualties since counting began in 2009, with 5,166 civilians recorded killed or maimed in just the first six months of this year, of whom almost one-third were children. The total civilian casualty figure recorded by the UN between 1 January 2009 and 30 June 2016 has risen to 63,934, including 22,941 deaths and 40,993 injured.
KABUL - Deminers risk their lives in the service of protecting others and create access for vital development and reconstruction activities to take place, said Mark Bowden, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan at an event marking the international day for mine awareness.
Wais Ahmad Barmak, State Minister for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs also addressed the audience of around 100 people which included officials from national and international de-mining agencies, donor representatives, journalists and UN officials.
HERAT - The UN-backed demining work in Afghanistan has passed another milestone by declaring the Adraskan district of western Herat province free of all types of mines and explosive remnants of war.
“Only four out of 15 districts in Herat were remaining to be cleared,” said Sharif Shah, a UN Mine Action Centre of Afghanistan (UNMACA) official, speaking in Adraskan to announce the news.
“Cleaning efforts were carried out with the support of local community residents facing the dangers and hazards posed by these remnants of war,” said Mr. Shah.
This annual report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Afghanistan for 2015 was prepared by the Human Rights Unit of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and covers the period from 1 January to 31 December 2015.
KUNDUZ – More than 100 families affected by the recent fighting in the Kunduz area received humanitarian assistance packages distributed with the support of the UN and its partners.
This special report on the human rights situation in Kunduz province was prepared by the Human Rights Unit of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The report received technical input from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
KABUL, 16 September 2015 – Close to 60 more square kilometers of Afghan lands were freed from mines and explosive remnants of war in the 12 month period up to March 2015, officials from the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan (MAPA) said this week in releasing an annual progress report.
KABUL, 2 April 2015 – To raise awareness about landmines and progress toward their eradication, Afghans and their international partners marked Mine Awareness Day at a United Nations-backed event in which speeches were delivered and demonstrations given on demining procedures.
Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan rise by 22 per cent in 2014
KABUL, 18 January 2015 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns yesterday’s killing of a family, as well as the driver of the taxi they were travelling in when the vehicle hit a pressure-plate improvised explosive device (PPIED) planted on a road in the eastern province of Nangarhar.
The family group was composed of a husband and wife, as well as two sons and a daughter aged between 4 and 12 years-old. The incident took place in the Soor Kalai area of Lal Pur district.
January 2014 – Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) has opened its first special school to train police officers on defusing improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the biggest conflict-related threat to civilians in the country.
“One of the biggest challenges for people and military forces (in Afghanistan) is IEDs,” said the head of the engineering section of the MoI’s IED disposal team, General Mohammahd Anwar Paigham, at the school’s opening ceremony held in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday.
15 December 2013 - Alongside its focus on political affairs and development and humanitarian issues, the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) also covers human rights. The person charged with overseeing the Mission's human rights work is Georgette Gagnon. In this photo story, we provide a snapshot of this UN official's recent field trip to eastern Afghanistan.