Devastating Attacks Against Civilians Submerge Afghanistan In A State Of Constant Anguish
At least 37 people were killed and 14 wounded in several Taliban-led attacks across Afghanistan on Thursday night. Farid Bakhtwar, head of the provincial council in Farah, confirmed that 29 of the deceased were police officers and members of the army. This is the seventh attack carried out in the past week.
This attack follows the devastating suicide bombing at a protest in the Nangarhar province on Tuesday. The bombing left 165 people wounded and 68 people dead, according to Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesperson for the Nangarhar governor.
That same day, three schools were bombed, during which one 14-year old boy was killed and four others wounded. No anti-government group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The number of deadly civilian attacks has risen since the Afghan government initiated voter registration on April 14 for the parliamentary election on October 20. The long-awaited presidential election will follow soon after. Only three weeks after registration began, 23 election-related attacks occurred, 17 targeted at schools and mosques.
The country has reached a state of instability echoing a similar insecurity Afghanistan faced 17 years ago, during the 2001 invasion. According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), civilian deaths are predicted to surpass a total of 10,000 this year alone.
“We live death,” wrote Samim Faramarz, a 28-year old Afghan news reporter on civilian death. Faramarz was killed in a bombing last week on September 6, along with his cameraman, Ramiz Ahmady, on live television.
Since Trump’s new peace proposal strategy, the Taliban has increased the number of attacks and regained control over more regions. Despite the U.S. President’s attempt, The Taliban and Islamic State have demonstrated no signs of weakness or loss of control.
In the year following the plan, the Taliban has focused its attacks along the border shared with Pakistan, a neighboring country that the United States has put pressure on to capture rebel leaders, threatening to withhold aid to the country. Regions along the shared border experience attacks twice a week, six of the regions reportedly being under total Taliban control.
The UNAMA has recommended measures to protect civilians to the Afghan government and the Independent Electoral Commision, but the sheer number of attacks carried out on civilians and security forces has severely weakened the government’s ability to protect its citizens.