“Nearly 16 years after the conflict in Afghanistan began, civilians are increasingly paying the greatest price, according to a statement by amnesty international.
A record number of civilians have been killed in the first half of this year, with women and children being the worst affected, and neither the Afghan government nor the international community is paying enough attention to their plight.
24 people were killed and 42 others wounded, when a car packed with explosives rammed into a bus in western Kabul this morning, in an attack claimed by the Taliban.
“The Afghan government must put the protection of people’s lives at the heart of its policies,” the statement added.
“Meanwhile countries in the European Union must stop making the callous claim that Afghanistan is safe for refugees and asylum seekers to be returned to,” according to amnesty international report.
According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), a total of 1,662 civilians were killed between January 1 and June 30 this year, marking the highest figure for civilian casualties recorded by the UN body.