Nowhere to Turn

The Failure to Protect Civilians in Afghanistan

A joint briefing paper by 29 aid organizations working in Afghanistan for the NATO Heads of Government Summit, Lisbon, November 19-20, 2010.

Security for the vast majority of Afghans is rapidly deteriorating. It is likely that increased violence in 2011 will lead to more civilian casualties, continue to fuel displacement, cut off access to basic services, and reduce the ability of aid agencies to reach those who need assistance most. 

As world leaders meet in at the NATO summit Lisbon, we strongly urge them, along with all parties to the conflict, to minimize the harm to civilians and reduce threats and disruptions to basic services and development and humanitarian activities across Afghanistan.

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