Sudan: 50 Children Die In Orphanage

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Fifty children, including babies, have died of malnutrition and lack of attention at a severely under-staffed orphanage in Khartoum. 17,000 tonnes of food aid have been looted since the conflict began. As many as 13 babies died at the Mygoma orphanage on May 26 alone.

KHARTOUM MAY 31: At least 50 children and babies — including newborns — have died of malnutrition and dehydration since clashes broke out between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). Siddig Frini, general manager of Khartoum state’s ministry of social development, which oversees care centres, including budget, staffing and supplies. He acknowledged a rise in deaths at Mygoma, attributing it mainly to staff shortages and recurrent power outages caused by the fighting.

Young children, many of them babies, succumbed to severe malnutrition, dehydration or infection at the country’s largest orphanage, in the capital, Khartoum. As many as 13 babies died at the Mygoma orphanage on May 26 alone, medical workers told Reuters.

Khartoum have been hit by severe looting, as well as frequent cuts to power and water supplies. The area around the orphanage has been hit by air strikes. The United Nations children’s agency, Unicef, estimates more than 13 million children are in urgent need of lifesaving humanitarian support. Some 17,000 tonnes of food aid have been looted since the conflict began, the World Food Programme’s Sudan director, Eddie Rowe, said.

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