Afghanistan

Peoples Under Threat Ranking:
#6
1

Communities at risk

Hazara, Pashtun, Tajiks, Uzbeks, Turkmen, Baluchis

Summary

Conflict in Afghanistan continues to take a terrible toll on civilians – over 10,000 lost their lives or suffered injuries in 2017. Fighting between the government and its international backers, on one hand, and various Islamist militant groups on the other, has raged on. While the expanded use of US airstrikes has increased civilian casualties, US President Donald Trump has pledged to… Read more »

Peoples Under Threat Data

2018 Data Peoples under Threat value
Self-determination conflicts4
Major armed conflict2
Prior genocide / politicide1
Flight of refugees and IDPs0.1418
Legacy of vengeance - group grievance8.4
Rise of factionalized elites8.6
Voice and Accountability-1.086
Political Stability-2.749
Rule of Law-1.616
OECD country risk classification7
TOTAL20.577

The overall measure for each country is based on a basket of 10 indicators. The number in each row is drawn from the source for that particular indicator. The sources of data and calculations used are detailed on the Notes to Table page. 

Background

Conflict in Afghanistan continues to take a terrible toll on civilians – over 10,000 lost their lives or suffered injuries in 2017. Fighting between the government and its international backers, on one hand, and various Islamist militant groups on the other, has raged on. While the expanded use of US airstrikes has increased civilian casualties, US President Donald Trump has pledged to send more troops to Afghanistan. The Taliban, having expanded its territorial control, continues to attack security personnel and civilians, and an increase in the activities of the Afghan branch of IS has occurred in several provinces, especially Nangarhar. A string of bombings and attacks by these groups, including a truck bomb in May 2017 that killed more than 150 people, has particularly afflicted the capital Kabul and other urban areas. Numerous other suicide bombings have also occurred, with many specifically targeting the Hazara Shi’a minority.