Sunday, February 21, 2016

Steady Rise in Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan

2015 was a bad year for civilians in Afghanistan. The numbers were very discouraging - with an increase in the number of deaths and injuries suffered by the Afghan population. At least 3,545 civilians were killed and 7,457 injured as the Taliban stepped up attacks against the Afghan government and its people. A recent United Nations report indicate that the casualty figures are surging along with the draw down of NATO-led combat forces. This is the highest number of total civilian casualties in a single year in Afghanistan since 2009. Many of the casualties were women and children.

Read some news reports on this topic:
"Civilian Casualties Hit New High in 2015", United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), February 14, 2016.
"UN says 2015 was worst on record for civilian casualties in Afghanistan", The Telegraphy, February 14, 2016.
"Afghanistan Had Record Number of Civilian Casualties Last Year, U.N. Says", The New York Times, February 14, 2016.
"UN reports stark rise in number of Afghan civilian casualties in 2015", The Guardian, February 14, 2016.

UN Report.
Afghanistan Annual Report 2015 - Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Kabul, Afghanistan, February 2016, 99 pages.

Read past reports and news articles about civilian casualties in Afghanistan:

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