Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said in a report on Tuesday that over 2,019 children have been killed and injured during the 2020 battles in Afghanistan.

In an annual report based on the children’s rights, AIHRC stated the child casualties had dropped to 25.1 percent compared to 2019, but violence against children has increased to 16 percent.

Physical, mental, economic, sexual, and other forms of violence have been recorded against children, and out of 1,391 children who were recorded as victims of violence 984 (68.2%) are boys and 443 (31.8%) are girls.

“This research reflects the human rights situation of 5,318 children (3,807 boys, and 1,509 girls) from 28 provinces of the country. 19.3 percent of these children are between 7 and 11 years of age, and 80.7 percent of them are between 12 and 18 years old,” AIHRC stated.

According to AIHRC, “In 1399 (2020), 628 (45.1 percent) of children included in the study, were victims of psychological violence, 606 (43.6 percent) were victims of physical violence, 44 (3.2 percent) victims of economic violence, and 34 (2.4 percent) were victims of sexual violence; and 79 (5.7 percent), were victims of other types of violence that are not listed under verbal-psychological, physical, economic and sexual violence”.

The number of children deprived of education due to poverty, security issues, and family also had a sharp rise, the report indicated.

The report also added at least 100 children were recruited by illegal armed groups and the government.

This comes as UNAMA in a report said that amid peace efforts civilian casualties have doubled.

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