Casualties above 10,000 for the fourth consecutive year, despite small drop on 2016 figures, as UN describes ‘appalling human suffering’
More than 10,000 civilians were killed or injured in the violent attacks in the war in Afghanistan last year, the United Nations has said.
The annual report released on 15 February by the UN’s mission in Afghanistan (Unama) showed the figure had dropped by 9% in 2017, compared with the previous year.
A year after her village was levelled by insurgents, Hepsata Adjit returned to make peace with her past
Some water pots and the burnt husks of houses appeared to be all that was left of Hepsata Adjit’s village when she ventured home last month for the first time in a year.
She had made the two-hour journey on foot just for a quick look. Her village of Gashia Midek is on the border between Cameroon and Nigeria, where the risk of attack by Boko Haram remains high, despite gains made over the past year by the countries’ military forces. Adjit, her husband and his brother, who had all walked there together, could not afford to stay long.
Political rhetoric about country’s safety dismissed after study shows 72% of returnees forced into renewed flight
Almost three-quarters of Afghan refugees who return home are forced to flee again due to violence, according to a survey that found the vast majority of displaced families do not receive aid assistance.
The study, commissioned by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, comes after a deadly attack on Save the Children’s office in Jalalabad on Wednesday, which killed three, wounded 26 and forced the organisation to temporarily close its Afghan operations.