KABUL (AFP) – Children are the biggest victims of the war in Afghanistan, with more than 1,050 people under 18 years old killed last year alone, according to an Afghan human rights watchdog.
Taliban-linked militants caused around 64 percent of all violent child deaths last year, the Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) said in a report.
Children were also press-ganged, sexually exploited, deprived of health and education, and illegally detained by all sides in a war that is dragging into its ninth year since the US-led invasion toppled the Taliban regime.
"At least three children were killed in war-related incidents every day in 2009 and many others suffered in diverse but mostly unreported ways," ARM director Ajmal Samadi said.
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"Through a horrible anti-education policy of heinous attacks, intimidation and terror the insurgents deprived hundreds of thousands of children, boys and girls, from education mostly in the insecure south and east of the country." On the other hand, the Western-backed government has failed to introduce or implement laws to protect children against the abuses of war or "bring alleged criminals and abusers to justice," Samadi said.
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Answer by Sisteract at 11:01 AM on Jan. 7, 2010
Yes...because the suicide bombings ONLY started when the US got there. Ummmmm....no. This is just like in the ghettos the PEOPLE who LIVE there need to stand up and say enough! When that has happened in crime riddled areas they have been turned around! As long as the locals ( both citizens and religious centers) continue to protect the bad guys.....THIS is what will happen.
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