Dirty water, more deadly than war
The World Health Organization estimates that more than 133 Afghan children die every day because of the effects diarrhoea. That adds up to over 48,000 children a year. While Afghans are certainly affected by the conflict within their country, the number of Afghan deaths attributed to the war in 2011 was just over 3,000. That means fifteen times more children are dying annually, from an extremely common and easily treated medical condition, than the entire number of men, women and children killed in the war.