Victims of 'anti-terror war'

By Om Ryong

Residents in the troubled parts of the world are under constant threat at present, notably the Afghans.

In Afghanistan civilians lose their lives more than service personnel and armed group members.

Government forces attacked a haunt of Taliban forces in an area of Helmand Province at night on Sep 22. At that time, there was a wedding ceremony near the attacking place. An official of the provincial council said that dozens of civilians who participated in the ceremony were killed during the assault.

On Sep 18 the US forces stationed in Afghanistan made a drone raid on civilians in Nangarhar Province in the east of the country, killing 30 and injuring 40. It is said that the victims were workers who were taking a rest around a fire in a mountainous place.

According to information released by the UN, 1 366 people lost their lives and 2 446 got injured in the country in the first half of this year, of which children amounted to nearly 1 210. In July alone, armed conflicts caused over 1 500 civilian casualties.

This shows that the number of civilian casualties this year will exceed those of last year.

Children are the major target of terrorism across the world. Millions of children are suffering from malnutrition and diseases as they cannot have access to food, drinking water, hygienic and health facilities and other elementary services due to disputes.

According to information available, those who were killed or injured in different troubled areas last year numbered over 12 000. More than 7 000 children were conscripted and many of them were sexually assaulted. Last year, 1.8 million Yemeni children under five years old suffered from malnutrition.

The children in disputed areas are reluctant to go to school as they have been exposed to terrorism. Over 1 000 schools were closed in Afghanistan last year. More than 3.7 million children, or about half the number of 7 to 17-year-olds, do not get school education in the country. Last year, 827 schools closed their doors in Mali.

To defend peace and social stability it is needed to put an end to military disputes for children and other people.

(Pyongyang Times - November 10, 2019)
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