Unexploded ordinance kill 8 children in a week, says UNICEF

Unexploded shell kills two children in Maidan Wardak province

Two children were killed after an unexploded rocket shell, which has been moved to their house, went off on Saturday in Sayed Abad district of Afghanistan’s central Maidan Wardak province. The two children are siblings.

Office of the Taliban governor in Maidan Wardak confirmed the incident, adding that the unexploded shell had been moved to the house which claimed the lives of the two siblings.

According to UN, Afghanistan has one of the highest levels of explosive ordnance contamination in the world and $18.3M is needed for survey, explosive ordnance disposal and landmine clearance in 2023.

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) reported in March that more than 700 children were killed or maimed because of unexploded ordinances and war remnants in 2022 across the country.