Saturday, 22 July 2017

The UNITED NATIONS must immediately take necessary actions to seek a solution to the Afghan conflict

Civilian casualties are increasing year by year with the intensification and prolongation of war in the country. No party to the Afghan conflict pays appropriate attention to the lives of Afghan civilians. All warring sides are trying to exonerate themselves by laying the blame on the other side, a practice that prolongs the tragedy of civilian casualties. As usual, the new UN report on civilian casualties is shocking. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says as many as 1662 civilians were killed and 3,581 others wounded in the first half of 2017. These are only the figures recorded by UNAMA, while fighting is ongoing in areas, where registering civilian casualties is impossible; therefore, the figures may be far higher. Despite claims of protection of civilian lives by all sides involved in Afghan conflict, the level of Afghan civilian casualties has increased by two percent compared to the same period last year. The casualties of women and children in particular as the most vulnerable class of the society have seen a significant hike. The United Nations has so far mostly limited its mission to release the number of deaths and injuries, and inform the world about how many Afghans daily lose their lives as a result of the ongoing war, but it has never taken any promising steps to put an end to the intolerable war, and civilian casualties. As a representative entity of all nations, the UN no longer should play the role of a statistics collection body. It must immediately take necessary actions to seek a solution to the Afghan conflict, and reveal the name of any side mainly responsible for the protraction of war, as well as clearly pressure it to put an end to this evil and destructive war. Only the release of annual reports and number of deaths neither can prevent the bloodshed nor can heal the wounds of the affected families. That is only and only shedding the crocodile tears over the grief of oppressed Afghans.