Afghan civilian casualties at record high, United Nations report says

The first half of 2021 saw record high civilian casualties in Afghanistan, according to a report from the United Nations on Monday. 

Roughly 5,183 casualties were recorded in the first six months of this year, which is a whopping 47% increase from 2020. These figures were recorded and reported by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The number of deaths and/or injuries recorded during May and June alone was 2,392, which is almost as high as the total for the previous four months, where only 2,791 casualties were recorded.

UNAMA said 2021 would be the deadliest year for Afghan civilians since its records began unless urgent action was taken to tackle violence in the country. In the report, the United Nations added that it was “sickening” that nearly half of all the recorded tragedies were made up of women and children. Some 32% of casualties were children, while 14% were women, with a combined total of 687 dead and 1,722 injured. 

Although 2021 has brought more conflict in the middle east, The UNAMA report noted that for the first time, no casualties were attributed to international military action but rather that fighting had “taken on a distinctly Afghan fighting Afghan character,” per a CNN report.



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