The number of Afghan civilian fatalities and injuries hit 11,002 in 2015, marking the highest number of total civilian casualties since the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) began tracking the data in 2009, officials have announced.
“In 2015, the conflict in Afghanistan continued to cause extreme harm to the civilian population, with the highest number of total civilian casualties recorded by UNAMA since 2009,” UNAMA reveals in its 2015 Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict. “Following increases in 2013 and 2014, civilian deaths and injuries from conflict-related violence increased by four per cent compared with 2014.”
“Between 1 January and 31 December 2015, UNAMA documented 11,002 civilian casualties (3,545 civilian deaths and 7,457 injured), marking a four per cent decrease in civilian deaths and a nine per cent increase in civilians injured,” it continues. “Since UNAMA began systematically documenting civilian casualties on 1 January 2009 up to 31 December 2015, UNAMA recorded 58,736 civilian casualties (21,323 deaths and 37,413 injured).”
Violence in war-torn Afghanistan, primarily at the hands of the Taliban, increasingly devastated the most vulnerable, notes the annual report.