The conflict in Afghanistan continues to take a worsening toll on the country’s already long-suffering civilian population.
The latest six-monthly report by the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) documents a record-setting increase in civilian deaths and injuries. Total civilian casualties were 1,601 dead and 3,565 injured, a rise of 4 percent from January 1 to June 30, 2016, compared to the same period in 2015. Deaths and injuries of children increased 18 percent in the same period; one in three of all civilian victims of the armed conflict in the first half of the year were children. Although women remained highly vulnerable, conflict-related female casualties declined 11 percent in the first half of 2016.