UNAMA notes surge in fatalities among children
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Thursday fatalities among children had increased in Afghanistan in one year.
UNAMA human rights head Benjamin Clark told reporter in Mazar-i-Sharif that Afghan 545 children had been killed and 1,149 wounded between June 2013 and June 2014. `
The UNAMA official said a large number of children had died in the war. The use of children as soldiers was the main reason for the surge in fatalities, he explained.
Clark said protection of children was a prime responsibility of their families, the government and society. She called on warring groups to avoid using children as soldiers.
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