Wednesday, June 19, 2024

GENEVA PALAIS BRIEFING NOTE: HORRIFYING NUMBERS OF CHILDREN KILLED & INJURED IN SUDAN

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“The situation in Sudan has become fatal for an alarmingly large number of children, as was predicted and feared. 190 children have been killed between the beginning of the fighting and April 25, 2023, according to reports that UNICEF has received. Due to the intensity of the violence, we are unable to confirm estimates, but these reports indicate that another 1700 people have been injured.

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“That is, we have reports that, during the first 11 days of fighting, seven children have been killed or injured on average every hour. Seven youngsters. Consistently.

“It is essential to take note of that these reports of youngsters killed or harmed are just the people who had contact with a clinical office. Therefore, as always, the reality is likely to be significantly worse.

“Despite the fact that we have data from the conflict hotspots of Khartoum and the Darfurs, we do not have case-by-case information on each child.

“Children have been living in terrifying violence for three weeks in Sudan, despite the fact that these reports only cover the first 11 days of the conflict. Homes, schools, and hospitals—places where they absolutely need to be safe—have consistently experienced attacks and continue to do so. UNICEF and its partners have repeatedly urged parties to the conflict to put an end to all attacks on children’s health centers, schools, and water and sanitation systems. The attacks continue repeatedly.

“Attacks on humanitarian workers have also occurred, as have looting or destruction of humanitarian facilities, vehicles, and supplies, including UNICEF’s. Our ability to provide children across the nation with life-saving health, nutrition, and water and sanitation services is undermined by all of these attacks. We reiterate, along with many others, the significance of all conflicting parties adhering to international law: to carry out their responsibilities to safeguard children and to ensure that humanitarian organizations can safely support needy civilians on the ground.

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