The Global Campaign for Men and Boys
99.3% of British military personnel who died in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2013 are men according to a chilling list of fatalities posted on the BBC website.
444 members of the Army, RAF, Royal Marines and special forces have lost their lives in the fight against the Taliban and 441 of them are young men, mostly in their teens and early twenties.
Globally men and boys account for more than 80% of deaths in war and conflict every year according to the World Health Organisation, which is why war is considered a form of violence against men and boys.
Earlier this year the BBC’s Panorama programme revealed that more British soldiers and veterans died by suicide than died fighting the Taliban in 2012. A total of 21 serving soldiers and 29 veterans killed themselves, more than the Afghanistan death toll of 44, of whom 40 died in action.
The BBC News website provides more details of the 441 men and 3 women who gave their lives in Afghanistan.