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Compensation paid by Britain contains children, donkeys, mobile phones and other assets.
London(ANN)-The British government has announced for the first time that it has paid millions of pounds in compensation to hundreds of civilians killed by British troops in Afghanistan during a US-led the war operations in Afghanistan. But the war operation ended in defeat twenty years later.
The US-led invasion of Afghanistan, which began Oct. 7, 2001, and ended on August 30, 2021, was a catastrophe that claimed thousands of lives, and Britain was at the forefront of the war effort, with thousands of NATO allies Killed in Afghanistan.
But from 2006 to 2014, the British government compensated 289 people, all of them civilians, and paid £ 688,000, equivalent to $ 939,962.80 United States Dollars.
However, according to the BBC, quoting the British Ministry of Defense, only one family was paid £ 104.17, which is 142.33 United States Dollars, which is far less than the rest of the compensation.
According to the Ministry of Defense, a three-year-old boy who was reportedly killed suddenly, was among those whose families were compensated, and the boy was killed during a British mine action operation. At least 16 children were among 289 civilians killed at the hands of British troops for compensation.
This was analyzed by the charity Action on Violence Armed (AOAV) which analyzed nearly 7,000 compensation paid by the British military during operations in Helmand, Afghanistan, since 2014.
In February 2008 a family received only £ 104.17 confirmed deaths and property damage. As found in the use of data from requests for Freedom of Information, this is the first attempt to investigate the impact of the British military on the lives of civilians in Afghanistan.
No further details have been released, but it is the lowest recorded death toll for civilians killed by British troops in Afghanistan.
Instead, British troops paid compensation for mobile phones, paying £ 110 for a lost cell phone at Camp Bastion, and, according to reports, £ 662 in compensation was paid for the six donkeys they killed.
Other payments related to civilian deaths include £ 586.42 ($ 801.75) United States Dollars), which was compensation for the death of a 10-year-old boy in December 2009.
British forces also paid out £4,233.60 for four children “shot and killed by ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)” in the same month. There is no record of this incident in the English language media.
“So few of these deaths were reported on at the time that these casualties could easily be forgotten,” said Mr Jones.
One payment for an incident which did receive media attention was significantly higher. Five Afghan children injured by stray bullets fired from a British army Apache helicopter received £7,204.97.
Overall, £397,000 was paid out by the British for 240 injuries – an average of £1,654.
The largest single payment awarded was £54,347 for a single fatality in Kabul in 2007. No more details of the incident are recorded.
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By Arraale M Jama Freelance Journalist and Human Rights activist.