United Nations’ Annual Report Reveals Afghanistan’s Civilian Casualties At Record High In 2015

In the annual report the United Nations reveals women and children are again bearing the brunt of war in Afghanistan with the Taliban. The civilian casualties have risen to record high with a total of 3,545 deaths and 7,457 injuries in 2015. Compared to 2014 the deaths rate has declined by 4 percent but the civilian injuries have increased by 9 percent.

According to the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) the latest data reveals the casualties recorded are highest in past five years.

It is also found the women casualties increased by 37 percent last year compared to 2014 and rise of 14 percent was seen in children casualties.

UNAMA head Nicholas Havsom said, “The most important finding in the report is that 11,002 Afghans — civilians, noncombatants — have died or been injured in 2015; this figure surpasses by 4 percent the same figure for 2014.”

Most of the casualties were caught in crossfire between Western-backed government forces and insurgent groups, reveals the report titled Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict.

One of the major factors for the rise in casualties were the Taliban’s assault on the northern city of Kunduz that killed 493 civilians and injured another 1,392 after the insurgents took control of the region.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said the latest annual report of United Nations did not cover violent incidents and instead it covered high-conflict areas in 12 provinces.

There are 34 provinces in Afghanistan and the government’s data shows violence took place in more than 24 provinces.