The charity Action Against Armed Violence (AOAV) reported that the UK government has issued compensation payments for the deaths of at least 64 Afghan children. This figure is more than four times the number of 16 minors he has publicly acknowledged.
The AOAV considers that the recorded civilian casualties attributable to the UK military may be an underestimate.
According to the BBC, all infantrymen were killed in fighting between 2006 and 2014, including UK forces. Airstrikes and being caught in crossfire were listed among the most common causes of death.
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According to the agency, of the number of registered deaths, the actual number of Afghan children killed could reach 135. Because some of the deaths are described in Defense Ministry documents as sons and daughters, regardless of age or circumstances of death.
In this sense, the AOAV confirms that perhaps some of those 135 deaths were adults, but it is highly likely that they are under the age of 18, as the average age in Afghanistan is much lower.
Compensation to families for the death of Afghan children
Between 2006 and 2014, the Defense Ministry paid £688,000, or $794,800, for 289 Afghan civilian deaths.
Eight members of the same Afghan family killed in a coalition airstrike on a village in Helmand’s Nawa district in May 2009 received payment for the deed.
Similarly, a man requested compensation for the deaths of his nephew, his nephew’s two wives and his five children, British media reports. He received £7,205 or $8,260.
With information from: vn