The continuing conflict in Sudan has led to the tragic death of at least 330 children, with over 1,900 others sustaining injuries, according to a recent statement from UNICEF. Additionally, the conflict has resulted in the displacement of over one million children, with around 270,000 of them directly affected in the troubled Darfur region.
The UNICEF has expressed deep concern for the welfare of these children, warning that many more were at “grave risk.”
Since mid-April, clashes have intensified between Sudan’s army chief, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and his former deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who leads the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
Mandeep O’Brien, the UNICEF representative in Sudan, emphasised the urgent need to address the crisis and protect the country’s children. O’Brien stated, “The future of Sudan is at stake, and we cannot accept the continued loss and suffering of its children.” He highlighted the immense hardships faced by children caught in the crossfire, including injuries, abuse, displacement, disease, and malnutrition.
The scale of the crisis is vast, with an estimated 13 million children in Sudan requiring urgent humanitarian assistance. UNICEF expressed its readiness to provide aid but stressed the critical need for safe and unrestricted access to affected areas, as well as guaranteed security to ensure the well-being of vulnerable children.
The conflict in Sudan has not only caused immense human suffering but also threatens the stability and future of the country. Urgent international attention and concerted efforts are necessary to protect the rights and well-being of Sudanese children and alleviate the dire humanitarian situation they face.