Afghanistan 2018-12-17T11:56:42+00:00

The information below is based on the Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict (A/72/865–S/2018/465) issued on 16 May 2018.

Photo: UNICEF Afghanistan

Conflict-related violence continued to severely affect children throughout Afghanistan, with 3,179 verified cases of children killed and maimed in 2017.

Although the number of verified cases represents a 10% decrease in verified cases compared to 2016, casualty rates remain very high.

2017 Verified Figures

Cases of Recruitment and Use
Child Casualties
Children Killed
Incidents of Denial of Humanitarian Access

News about Afghanistan

Two Years of ‘Children, Not Soldiers’ Campaign Bring Tangible Progress in Afghanistan

On 16 February, the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict and the Political Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hikmat Karzai, held a joint press conference in Kabul. ©UNAMA / Fardin Waezi

Afghanistan Reiterates Commitment to end recruitment of children in security forces

In Herat, Leila Zerrougui visited a child protection unit located in the National Police (ANP) recruitment centre. She heard about its positive impact to prevent underage recruitment. There are currently 6 child protection units in Afghanistan. The Special Representative called for support to set up such units within ANP recruitment centres across the country’s 34 provinces. ©United Nations