The study found that 5,770 Afghan youngsters were killed or maimed between January 2019 and December 2020, the reporting period. Meanwhile, child casualties hit their highest levels ever during the first half of this year, with hundreds killed in recent weeks amid the deteriorating political and security situation.
Virginia Gamba, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, said Afghanistan continues to be one of the most dangerous places to be a child.
“I am appalled by the continuing and rising high levels of violence endured by children in Afghanistan, including those caught up in combat,” she said.
The report provides an overview of the trends of the six grave violations committed against children in Afghanistan and the context in which they took place, and identifies perpetrators, when possible
Lastly, the report provides a series of recommendations to strengthen action for the protection of children affected by armed conflict in Afghanistan.