Conflict continues to take toll on civilians in Afghanistan

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Children play in the Sosmaqala Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in northern Afghanistan. Credit: UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein

Civilians continue to be killed and injured in the conflict involving Taliban insurgents and the NATO-backed government in Afghanistan, according to a report issued on Wednesday.

In its 2012 midyear report on the protection of civilians, the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says that more than 1, 100 civilians have been killed and over 1, 900 others injured.

It says that 925 of these people were women or children, representing 30 per cent of all casualties.

James Rodehaver, acting-Chief of the Human Rights Unit of UNAMA says the report shows that civilians continue to be disproportionately impacted by the armed conflict despite a reduction in civilian casualties.

"The number of civilians killed or injured as a result of the fighting has actually reduced by 15 per cent in the first six months of this year if you compare it to the same period of last year. The reduction in civilian casualties is, of course, welcome but we are afraid that these gains are very fragile and that they do not reflect a real move towards ending the fighting or towards a negotiated peace process."

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