The explosions took place at the all-boys Abdul Rahim Shahid High School and the nearby Mumtaz Education Center, both located in the Dasht-e-Barchi area, a predominantly Shia Muslim neighborhood in western Kabul.
Humanitarian community condemns senseless attack on schools in #Kabul Today. Those who have committed a crime should be brought to justice. we do it @unafghanistan@OCHAAfg with condolences to the families of the victims and a speedy recovery of the injured. https://t.co/6OxY5m4mwQ
– dr. Ramiz Alakbarov (@RamizAlakbarov) Apr 19, 2022
According to the UN in Afghanistan, the attack on Abdul Rahim Shahid High School took place as students emerged from their morning classes. The explosions at the Mumtaz Education Center followed shortly after.
Violence against schools unacceptable
Ramiz Alakbarov, UN coordinator for humanitarian aid in the country, issued a statement strongly condemning the “horrific” attacks.
“Violence in or around schools is never acceptable. For the Afghan people, who have been ravaged by 40 years of war, schools should be safe havens, places where children can learn and thrive.” he said.
Mr Alakbarov underlined that attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including schools, are strictly prohibited under international humanitarian law.
Call for justice
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) went to Twitter to unequivocally condemn the “horrific” attacks.
“Those responsible for the crime targeting schools and children must be brought to justice,” he said. the UNAMA tweet said, noting that mission chief Deborah Lyons has expressed her deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and wishes a speedy recovery for the injured.
Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, also joined Ms Lyons in offering condolences to the bereaved families.
“Afghanistan’s ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity is at risk. It must be respected and kept safe.” Mr Grandic wrote on his official Twitter account.
More than learning
AND Secretary General António Guterres also denounced the bombings.
Attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including schools, are strictly prohibited under international humanitarian law. UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric told reporters in New York.
In expressing her condemnation, the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Catherine Russell, noted that the number of victims is expected to rise.
She also made an urgent appeal to all parties to protect boys and girls at all times.
Attacks on children and educational facilities constitute serious violations of rights said Mrs. Russell. “Schools are more than places of learning; they should be havens of protection and peace.”