ESCALATING VIOLENCE IN SUDAN PUTS MILLIONS OF CHILDREN AT RISK
“The children of Sudan have already been devastated by five days of intense fighting and four failed ceasefires. In the event that the brutality doesn’t stop, this cost will just increment.
“As hostilities continue in Khartoum, the Darfurs, and North Kordofan, at least 9 children are said to have been killed in the fighting, and more than 50 children are said to have been injured. It is extremely challenging to collect and verify information due to the perilous security situation across the nation, but we are aware that children will continue to pay the price while fighting continues.
Fearful of the fighting and the possibility of running out of food, water, and medicine, many families are caught in the crossfire with little or no electricity. In an effort to find safety, thousands of families have been forced from their homes.
“We have received reports of children sheltering in schools and care centers as fighting rages around them, of children’s hospitals being forced to evacuate as shelling draws near, and of hospitals, health centers, and other critical infrastructure being damaged or destroyed, limiting access to essential and lifesaving medicine and care.
“Critical, life-saving care for approximately 50,000 severely acutely malnourished children has been disrupted by the fighting. The escalating violence puts these vulnerable children’s need for ongoing, 24-hour care in jeopardy.
Due to power outages and the inability to restock generators with fuel, the fighting also threatens the cold chain in Sudan, including vaccines and insulin worth over $40 million.
“Humanitarian requirements in Sudan were higher than ever before even prior to the escalation of violence. Humanitarian assistance is essential, but UNICEF and our partners are unable to provide it if our staff’s safety and security are not ensured. The loved ones of the WFP colleagues who died or were injured are in our thoughts and prayers. Armed individuals have pillaged UNICEF and other humanitarian organizations. Such goes after on help laborers and associations are assaults on the kids and families we serve.
“UNICEF repeats the allure of the Secretary-General for powers to promptly stop threats and approaches all gatherings to regard their worldwide commitments to shield kids from hurt, and to guarantee that helpful entertainers can securely and immediately arrive at youngsters out of luck. Additionally, UNICEF asks all parties not to attack children’s civilian infrastructure, such as water and sanitation systems, health facilities, and schools.