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.
An actor addresses the audience of a film festival on the impact of conflict on children in Herat, Afghanistan. Copyrights: UNAMA
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
Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a new child protection unit in the Afghan National Police recruitment centre in Jalalabad. ©UNAMA
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