Civilian Casualties: Afghanistan

Monitoring casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan

Civilian Casualties
Fatalities Jan 2007 - Dec 2015: 24,964
Injuries Jan 2009 - Dec 2015: 37,413
Total Afghan Casualties: data not available

The summary above and the graphs below show the trend in civilian fatalities recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan [UNAMA]. While there are many questions over the reliability and completeness of the fatality recording system, this data is one of the very few sources that is publicly available. As such, it can provide a useful indicator of the trend in the conflict and its growing public health impact. However, it is important to note that a complete estimate for the the much larger burden of serious injuries is not shown due to lack of data. 

The graph shows the steadily increasing number of fatalities between 2007 and the end of 2010. Also apparent, are the strong seasonal peaks in fatalities associated with the summer fighting season. Monthly casualty figures have not been released by UNAMA since the end of 2010 but their annual summary figures for 2007 to the end of 2015 are shown in the figure below.