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UNAMA report shows 22 percent rise in civilian casualties in Afghanistan

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UNAMAAn annual report released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) shows 22 percent increase in the civilian casualties by the end of 2014 mainly because of ground engagements.

The report which is named 2014 Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict is documenting 10, 548 civilian casualties in the year 2014.

This figure is the highest recorded by the United Nations since 2009, the report adds.

According to the report the death toll of the civilians recorded was 3, 699 and the number of the civilians wounded in this year was 6,849 people.

The report also shows the death toll since 2009. 47,745 civilian casualties has been documented in the report which include 17,774 and 29,971 wounded.

According to UNAMA the increase of suicide attacks and Improvised Explosive Devices has significantly added up to the civilian casualties increase.

United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Nicholas Haysom says

“In communities across Afghanistan, increased ground fighting among parties to the conflict and more IED attacks exacted a heavy toll on Afghan civilians,” adding that “Rising civilian deaths and injuries in 2014 attests to a failure to fulfil commitments to protect Afghan civilians from harm. Parties to the conflict should understand the impact of their actions and take responsibility for them, uphold the values they claim to defend, and make protecting civilians their first priority. We need to see concrete steps and a real drop in civilian casualties in 2015.”

 Georgette Gagnon, UNAMA Director of Human Rights has expressed concern over the Afghan women and children’s lives in the report. He says “For Afghan women and children, the anguish of losing a husband and father in the conflict is often only the beginning of their suffering and hardship,”

He further says “The long-term social and economic consequences are devastating affecting the most vulnerable the hardest. After a year in which conflict-related violence led by ground engagements killed and injured record numbers of women and children, the destruction and damage to Afghan lives must be met with a new commitment by all parties to avoid harm to Afghan civilians.”

UNAMA in this report has repeated that they will continue to work with all parties involved in Afghan fight for reducing civilian casualties.

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