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KABUL, 8 Feb 2014 (ENNA)– The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) found that 2013 was the worst year for Afghan women, girls and boys since 2009, with the highest number of deaths and injuries recorded from conflict-related violence :

# 746 women casualties (235 women killed and 511 injured) were documented, an increase of 36 per cent from 2012

# 1,756 child casualties (561 children killed and 1,195 injured), an increase of 34 per cent compared to 2012.

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used by Anti-Government Elements killed most women and children, while ground engagements caused the most injuries to women and children. 

 

“Armed conflict took an unrelenting toll on Afghan civilians in 2013,” said the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš. “It is the awful reality in Afghanistan that most women and children were killed and injured in their daily lives – at home, on their way to school, working in the fields or traveling to a social event. This situation demands even greater commitment and further efforts by the parties to protect women and children from conflict-related violence.”

 

UNAMA states in its 2013 Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict that all civilian casualties in Afghanistan’s armed conflict increased by 14 per cent in 2013. UNAMA documented 8,615 civilian casualties (2,959 civilian deaths and 5,656 injured) in 2013, marking a 7 per cent increase in deaths and a 17 per cent increase in injuries compared to 2012. 

The report observed that while improvised explosive devices (IED) used by Anti-Government Elements remained the biggest killer of civilians in 2013, increased ground engagements between Pro-Government Forces and Anti-Government Elements emerged as the number-two cause of civilian casualties. Both factors drove the escalation of civilian casualties in 2013. 

 

 

 

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Read the report  UNAMA Report 2013