Yesterday, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in a statement said that 301 children were either killed or injured by explosive remnants of war and landmines in Afghanistan in past seven months.
UNICEF expressed its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the children who lost their lives in Marjah District, Helmand Province.
“UNICEF fears accidents involving children affected by ERWs will continue to rise as the security environment has become more permissible and civilians are venturing into areas that were previously off limits,” UNICEF said.
UNICEF added that 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.
According to UNICEF there are tons of remnants of war and landmines in Afghanistan as a result of few decades war and urged the efforts to clear existing mines and unexploded ordnance in Afghanistan.
On Friday, April first, five children were killed and two others injured when an explosive remnant of war (ERW) detonated in Marjah District, Helmand Province.