UNICEF: At Least 27 Children Killed, 136 Injured in Three Days in Afghanistan

At least 27 children have been killed and 136 have been injured across three provinces in Afghanistan in the last three days amid the escalating violence, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said.

“In the last 72 hours, 20 children have been killed and 130 children have been injured in Kandahar province; two children were killed and three were injured in Khost province; and in Paktia province, five children were killed and three were injured,” UNICEF Afghanistan Representative Hervé Ludovic De Lys said in a statement on Aug. 9.

De Lys said that the agency was “shocked” by the rapid escalation of violence against children in Afghanistan and warned that “atrocities grow higher by the day.”

De Lys also said that UNICEF was “deeply concerned” about reports that armed groups were increasingly recruiting children into the conflict.

“Children should not pay for this worsening conflict with their childhoods. Only a complete end of hostilities can protect Afghanistan’s children,” De Lys said, urging for all sides to ensure children are protected.

UN Humanitarian Affairs Chief and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths issued a separate statement, saying that over 1,000 people have been killed or injured in the Hilmand, Kandahar, and Hirat provinces last month.

The Taliban has rapidly made major territorial gains in recent months, including capturing six regional capitals since Aug. 6, as the United States and other international forces withdraw their troops from Afghanistan.

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