Sudan: Grave Violations Against Children Must Stop

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Children Abuse - Sudan

Over 120 grave violations against children have been verified across Sudan since the military coup on 25 October last year. There are countless reports and testimonies of child abuse by coup forces. Coup forces are accused of raping children of both sexes.

Statement by Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Regional Director: Over 120 grave violations against children have been verified across Sudan since the military coup on 25 October last year.

Nine children were killed during demonstrations mainly in Khartoum while another 13 were injured. Most violations were against adolescent boys. Boys and girls as young as 12 were detained. Children were impacted as a result of frequent attacks on medical facilities.

UNICEF reiterates its call on authorities in Sudan to protect children across Sudan from harm and violence at all times. Children are not a target including during conflict or political events.

The excessive use of force against civilians including children must stop.

– End Of Statement –

Children Abuse Reports

There are countless reports and testimonies of child abuse by coup forces. Coup leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has defended October’s military coup. He denies all allegations of child abuse with more or less imaginative and unlikely explanations. Children who join protests in Sudan are being met with the same inhuman brutality as adult protestors.

In addition to arbitrary killing and abduction, coup forces, mainly Rapid Support Forces, are accused of raping children of both sexes.

About UNICEF

UNICEF, also known as the United Nations Children’s Fund, is a United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide. UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children.

The agency is among the most widespread and recognizable social welfare organizations in the world, with a presence in 192 countries and territories. UNICEF relies entirely on voluntary contributions from governments and private donors. Its total income as of 2020 was $ 7.2 billion; of which public-sector partners contributed $5.45 billion.

Moreover, I think al-Burhan has lost all dignity, honor and identity.
He is an enemy of God, the Sudanese, and the humanity.

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