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November 21, 2018
The Kabul Times

Civilians’ continued suffering

The Civilian Protection Advocacy Group (CPAG) on Thursday said most of civilian casualties occurred last month during the election campaigns and voting process in different parts of Afghanistan.
According to CPAG statistics, the reasons behind high casualties in October were targeted killing of Wolesi Jirga candidates, attacks on election campaigns and polling stations particularly during the Election Day.
At least 367 civilians suffered fatalities during attacks campaign as 88 people were killed, and 279 others wounded, the group said in a statement.
CPAG said a total of 823 people had suffered casualties in all security incidents during October and most of the human losses caused in eastern Nangarhar province where 61 civilians were killed, and 67 others wounded.
The source added 70 or most of the casualties that children suffered this year were in October when 40 children were killed and 30 others injured, which shows trifold minors fatalities compared to previous month of September.
War and violence have inflicted heavy casualties upon our nation and left indescribable destruction behind. People have been suffering from violence for many centuries and decades, but the violence is less likely to come to an end.
Non-combatants, including women and children, suffer indescribable pain as a result of ongoing war and violence. Their fundamental rights of liberty and property – are violated flagrantly. Showing no respect to international instruments, militantstargeting people indiscriminately. Both ideologue and mercenary fighters target civilians for one reason or anotherin order to put pressure on government.
The Taliban and other terrorists, including that of IS militants show no mercy to civilians through targeting them intentionally. The militants practice upon more radical ideology and seek to spill the blood of combatants and non-combatants wherever and whenever possible. They target sacred places and kill people while worshipping.
The innocent people of Afghanistan deserve that the Afghan government and the international community must ensure to them a better future.  Meanwhile, the scourge of war left heavy casualties and destruction behind and took its toll on civilians.
It is the time that the world puts an end to violence and bloodshed so as to protect the rights of all individuals and nations. It is aptly said in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) that “disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind”.
On the other hand, observing the IHL and respecting the rights and dignity of all individuals will lead to global peace and prosperity. Thus, the world needs to strengthen the spirit of brotherhood and promote peace through exercising tolerance and campaigning against all kinds of radicalismand spare no effort to fight terrorism and extremism that started to be the biggest threats before states and the people.

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