UN report highlights violence against children in Afghanistan

A UN report says an increasing number of children have been killed and injured in the war in Afghanistan.

The report covers a two-year period from September 1 2008 to August 30 2010.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that during that period 1 795 children were injured or killed because of conflict-related violence.

He said that figure is assumed to be “underreported” because of the difficulty in gaining access to conflict areas.

Ban said in the report circulated yesterday that children continued to be victims of suicide and rocket attacks, improvised explosive devices, and military operations by the Taliban, other armed groups, and Afghan and international forces.

The report said civilian casualties linked to pro-government forces had decreased.

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