KABUL, 7 January 2004 – Following the news announcements that a majority of those killed in the 6 January bomb blast in Kandahar were children, the Afghanistan Country Office of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has released the statement below:
“The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) learned with shock and regret that the majority of those who died in Tuesday’s bomb blast in Kandahar were children.
UNICEF expresses its deepest condolences and sympathies to the families affected by this tragedy, and particularly to the families of the children killed.
UNICEF abhors all acts of violence, and condemns in the strongest terms those responsible for perpetrating this act of violence. Tuesday’s incident illustrates that there is still a minority of people in Afghanistan who wish to disrupt the nation’s collective progress toward greater stability and peace, even by resorting to a senseless act that wounds and kills the most innocent members of the community.
UNICEF appeals to all parties and draws their attention to the right of all children to grow up in an environment in which their protection is ensured, and stands firm with those dedicated to this goal. The children and families of Afghanistan, the very foundations upon which the new Afghanistan of peace is being rebuilt, deserve nothing less.”
For more information, please contact:
Chulho Hyun, UNICEF Media – Kabul +93 (0)702 78493