UNICEF: Afghanistan is the deadliest area for children in the world
Reporter: Nabi Karimi
Photographer: Morteza Haidari
According to the latest UNICEF report, nine Afghan children are killed or disabled daily in the world’s deadliest war zone, calling on war parties to protect children and end targeting schools and clinics. The report, released today by UNICEF, said: “The 40-year war in Afghanistan has had lethal effects on children and the parties involved in their duty to protect them have failed.
Keeping Up Wishes in Afghanistan: On average, nine children die or be disabled daily in the first nine months of 2019, according to the report, Child Protection in the World’s Deadliest War Zone have increased that represents an 11 percent increase over the same period in 2018, with increased suicide attacks and clashes between government and anti-government forces being key factors in the increase in child deaths. “In view of Afghanistan’s unpleasant indicators, 2019 has been a very deadly year for children,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Forr. “Children, their families, and their communities are affected by the terrible consequences of war every day.”
The report also notes that between 2009 and 2018, nearly 6,500 children were killed and nearly 15,000 injured, making Afghanistan the world’s deadliest war zone in 2018