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Govt urged to prioritise protection of children, civilians

Govt urged to prioritise protection of children, civilians

Feb 18, 2016 - 13:26

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Save the Children-Afghanistaninfo-icon on Thursday asked the government and its international partners to make the protection of civilians, especially children, a priority. 

The killing of children in the ongoing conflict was a gross violation of human rights and a betrayal of the Afghan nation that must stop immediately, the organisation said.

“Afghanistan cannot progress in a sustainable way if its children continue to be killed, dismembered, threatened and traumatised,” a statement from the group said. 

Killing children and using their bodies as a means of terrorising Afghans was against human sensibility and decency, it added. The killing children robbed their families of happiness and the country of hope for a better future, it continued. 

“We call on Afghan and international authorities to investigate and prevent further casualties in their military efforts. We call on armed opposition groups to stop using children for promoting their agenda,” the statement said.

In its latest report, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said the number of civilian casualties in the war was at record-high in 2015. One in four casualties was a child. 


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