Figures by aid agencies indicate that at least 500 civilians have been maimed or in some way severely injured in the last month of fighting in the northeastern province of Kunduz. Over 130 of them are children, the report said.
The report issued by local aid agencies covers incidents between June 11 and July 17. It shows that most of the children affected in this period have been maimed or have received serious damage to a body part, particularly limbs.
“Most of them are either children or teenagers whose limbs have been amputated or they have sustained damage to the face,” said Esmatullah Hotak, head of an aid organization that operates under the UN in Kunduz.
“We helped 315 families… we are monitoring others,” said Najibullah Omarkhil, the acting governor of Kunduz.
Meanwhile, those affected by the conflict in Kunduz in recent years gathered in the provincial capital and called for an immediate end to the violence.
“We were displaced three times in the past month. Four members of our family have been wounded,” said Sharifa, a displaced person in Kunduz.
“I was wounded in clashes one-and-a-half months ago. We want peace. We are tired of war,” said Naqibullah, a displaced person in Kunduz.
“My limb has been cut off. We are tired of war. We want peace. We want justice,” said Shah Mohammad, a resident of Imam Sahib district in Kunduz.
Figures by the government show that at least 12,000 families have been displaced in recent clashes in Kunduz.