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Afghan Children Are in Danger of ‘Deaths Associated with Explosions’

(Last Updated On: May 16, 2019)

A new study by Save the Children shows that the children are twice more in danger of deaths associated with rockets and explosive materials than adults in Afghanistan and are extremely facing physical and psychological damages, said Save the Children in a statement on Thursday.

According to the statistics of Save the Children, Afghanistan stands among the first five mortal countries for children having over 3,000 victim children in 2017.

Zabihullah, a 12 years old kid in one of the educational centers of Save the Children in Kabul, has left his hometown-Ghazni, with his family due to war and violence.

“We were living in the war for two years, the war took two of my brothers,” says Zabihullah.

According to him, now they are living in a rented house in Kabul.

Zabihullah learns education in the center and wishes to become an engineer in the future.

He says, “I wish peace come in our country and our country prospers; I do not want to experience the memories which I had in Ghazni once again in Kabul.”

Maryam Ataye, the spokesperson for the Save Children in Afghanistan says, “85 percent of children have got hurt from rockets and grenades, almost twice then adults.”

Onno van Manen, Save the Children’s Afghanistan Country Director, said, “International law makes clear that everyone has a responsibility to make sure children are protected in war. Yet explosive weapons continue to kill, maim and terrorize thousands of Afghan children every year.”

The Afghan children are paying a high cost of war every year as the recent study of Save the Children shows that in the last two years, eight in every ten children have been a victim of explosive weapons.

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