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Fourth Report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig < 1 min

United Nations, 2 October 2019

Between 2015 and 2018, the country task force verified 14,202 grave violations against children throughout the country. Of serious concern, the killing and maiming of 12,599 children was verified, representing almost a third of all civilian casualties and an increase of 82 per cent in child casualties compared with the previous four years. Notwithstanding monitoring and verification constraints, the recruitment and use of 274 children and the perpetration of sexual violence against 17 children were also verified, as well as the abduction of 231 children, 832 attacks on schools and hospitals and 249 incidents of denial of humanitarian access to children. Armed groups were the main perpetrators of all grave violations except for sexual violence (see para. 37 below). However, the number of child casualties attributed to government and pro-government forces was a concern.

Owing to monitoring and verification challenges, the data contained in the present report are believed to underrepresent the actual number of grave violations committed against children.