KABUL (Pajhwok): UNICEF has expressed deep sadness over the killing of five children, one girl and four boys, when an explosive remnant of war (ERW) detonated yesterday in Marjah District of Helmand Province.
Two other children, a boy and a girl, were also injured in the explosion, UNICEF said in a statement on Monday.
“UNICEF expresses its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims and those injured.”
“This latest incident is far from being an isolated case. In Afghanistan, in the last seven months, 301 children were either killed or injured by explosive remnants of war and landmines. The real figure is thought to be much higher.”
UNICEF feared accidents involving children affected by ERWs would continue to rise as the security environment had become more permissible and civilians were venturing into areas that were previously off limits.
“Children are at high risk of death from unexploded ordnance in Afghanistan, including when they are tasked with collecting metal scraps to supplement meagre family incomes”.
“UNICEF urges all parties to adhere to their responsibilities and step-up efforts to clear existing mines and unexploded ordnance, provide victim assistance, educate children and communities about the risks and preventive measure to take, and ensure that children live in safe and protective environments.”