Children are the biggest victims of the war in Afghanistan. A nation ravaged by 30 years of war and it is in these extreme conditions that children’s basic right to life and development is seriously compromised. The children there are at risk of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect. More than 1.6 million children are left orphaned in Afghanistan mainly due to conflict, depriving these children of family life. In the war, not only do children die, they can also be recruited and used to fight in armed forces and groups.
Afghan children watch Afghan National Security Force soldiers.
An Afghan boy holds another young boy as he watches paratroopers
An Afghan girl consoles another young girl who started crying after seeing paratroopers.
Afghan National Security Force soldiers and paratroopers from Chosen Company of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry walk past them while on a mission to improve the biological database of men living in Afghanistan’s Paktiya Province July 12, 2012.
Picture taken July 16. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)