Kabul: Referring to the recent deadly attack on a girls’ school in Kabul wherein 68 people died, mostly schoolgirls, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) stated that even as it stands horrified and outraged by this weekend’s barbaric bomb attack, they call for an immediate cessation of all kinds of violence against women and girls.
Vicki Aken, Afghanistan Country Director at the International Rescue Committee, said, “Afghanistan continues to be one of the most dangerous places for civilians and children, and attacks targeting them is a gross violation of international humanitarian law. Women and girls should never be a target of violence, and yet, in Afghanistan, they continue to be. Attacks on schools and children are attacks on the future of the country.”
“Schools must be a safe place for all Afghan children to thrive, not places they fear for their lives. We stand in solidarity with the families of the victims, including IRC staff, who mourn the loss of their loved ones during the holy month of Ramadan,” Aken added.
“Peace is the only way to ensure the country can recover from years of conflict and the compounding impacts of COVID-19, and to ensure that progress, particularly for women and girls, continues to be made,” the IRC statement added.
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Meanwhile, even Amnesty International condemned the attack and Samira Hamidi, Amnesty International’s South Asia Campaigner, said, “The appalling scenes in West Kabul and Zabul Province must serve as a wake-up call to the world. These unspeakable crimes brutally highlight the failure of authorities to protect civilians, particularly girls and minority groups. People are being slaughtered on a weekly basis and the bloodshed shows no sign of letting up. Targeting civilians, especially children and schools, is a war crime and violation of international humanitarian law. All parties to the peace negotiations must focus their utmost efforts on protecting civilians, upholding human rights for all, and ending impunity for these crimes.”
There have been increasing incidents of violence in Afghanistan ever since the international troops started their withdrawal from the war-ravaged nation on May 1.