The topic of civilian casualties in military operations in Afghanistan is attracting lots of international attention these days. But a far more serious problem from the Afghan perspective is the matter of avoidable deaths connected to a lack of human security.
During the first half of 2010, about 3,000 civilians were killed in combat operations. In contrast, more than 50,000 Afghans die annually due to the human-security deficit. Most of these victims are newborns, young children and mothers who die during childbirth.
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Dr. Suraya Dalil is Afghanistan’s Acting Minister of Public Health, and Ashraf Haidari is the Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington DC.