UNICEF rejects death of eight children by explosion in Afghanistan | News
The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) showed its rejection and dismay for the eight children who died and four others who were injured due to the explosion of a war device in a school in the town of Lal Pur , Nangarhar province, Afghanistan.
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“Unicef expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and injured,” reflected the statement from the agency’s interim representative in Afghanistan, Alice Akunga.
The official stressed that this fact shows that that nation needs international support to remove explosives and other types of artifacts that have remained as a result of the armed conflict.
Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of eight children who died after an explosion near a school in Nangarhar, Afghanistan.
Concrete measures must be taken to protect children – including clearing areas contaminated with explosive weapons.https: //t.co/NaUgkhVpoN
– UNICEF (@UNICEF)
January 11, 2022
Likewise, he stressed the importance of educating children (the most vulnerable residents) and communities in general about the risk of finding war material as well as the measures to be taken if one is found.
Data offered by the entity in the Akunga statement revealed that in 2020 explosive devices and remnants of conflicts were the cause of the death of about 50 percent of the total number of children who died that year, which meant the death and mutilation of al less 3900 infants.
After stating that schools should be a safe space, Unicef urged “all parties involved in Afghanistan to take concrete steps to clear areas contaminated by weapons.”
In the first half of 2021 alone, 460 children perished in Afghanistan as a result of the armed conflict in that nation.