Sudan Conflict Has Been ‘Merciless’

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The U.N. says hundreds of thousands of children in Sudan have been displaced amid the ongoing violence. UNICEF says 190 children have been killed. The hostilities are also causing displacement and further exposing children, including recruitment and use by armed groups, as well as sexual violence.

KHARTOUM MAY 13: The U.N. says hundreds of thousands of children in Sudan have been displaced amid the ongoing violence. UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell discusses the humanitarian crisis in Sudan and the broader Horn of Africa region.

As violent clashes in Sudan continue, UNICEF and the child-focused NGOs World Vision and Save the Children are highlighting the danger to children if the current ceasefire is not respected by all parties.

The hostilities are also causing displacement and further exposing children to potential grave violations, including recruitment and use by armed groups, as well as sexual violence.

According to the World Health Organization, healthcare has been severely affected by the violence, with one-third of Sudan’s health-care facilities no longer functioning, depriving children and their families of access to essential healthcare.

Before the start of the current conflict, humanitarian needs in Sudan were acute and worsening, with children being the most vulnerable. Some 15.8 million people required humanitarian assistance, including more than 8.5 million children.

Sudan has one of the highest rates of child malnutrition in the world. The crisis has disrupted lifesaving treatment for an estimated 50,000 children suffering Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and who are currently enrolled in treatment programmes.

Those children could die and malnutrition rates will worsen unless aid rapidly restarts.

– “Children are bearing the brunt of the conflict in Sudan,” said Mandeep O’Brien, UNICEF Representative in Sudan.

– “They are dying, and their futures are being taken away from them. The impacts of preventing vulnerable children from receiving health, protection and education services will last a lifetime”.

UNICEF Says 190 Children Killed

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