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Children safer in Afghan cities than NYC-NATO aid
Posted by The Agonist on November 22nd, 2010

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Jonathon Burch | Kabul | Nov 22

Reuters – Afghan cities are like a network of villages where children may well be safer than in London or New York, NATO’s top civilian envoy to Afghanistan has said.

“The children are probably safer here than they would be in London, New York or Glasgow or many other cities,” Mark Sedwill said during an interview to be aired on Monday on Children’s BBC (CBBC).

He made the comment in response to a question from the show’s presenter about reports the programme, Newsround, had received from Afghan children in Kabul who said they felt unsafe on the streets because of the risk of bombs.

A report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in November 2009 said Afghanistan was the world’s most dangerous place to be born.

Violence across Afghanistan is at its worst since the Taliban were overthrown by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in late 2001, with civilian and military casualties at record levels.

A total of 74 children were killed in the first half of the year by homemade bombs or in suicide attacks, an increase of 155 percent for the same period in 2009.

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  1. Mohammadsaidal L Mohmand says:

    This is really ironic and funny, a obvious media stunt. Afghan children actually have it way worse in the cities, with child prostitution and abduction at extreme highs. There are many cases where NATO and Afghan National Army Troops/ millitias are picking up children from the street.. check out the Canadian Afghan Centre for war-affected children, http://www.cacwac.org

  2. ursulamargrit says:

    NATO is a threat to the world, and they're liars to boot. I hope NOBODY believes that Afghan children are safer in their cities than Western children in theirs!

  3. Rogerleolafontaine says:

    This statement proves 2 things: 1. How callous, nay cruel, NATO is towards the people of Afghanistan and 2. They are willing to lie to foster their argument for the occuppation of Afghanistan. There is no way he could not have known that this statement was a blatant and deceptive lie.

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