UNICEF steps up support for Sudanese children displaced by military conflict

 The United Nations (UN) Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said on Thurs­day that it is stepping up human­itarian support for children on the move affected by the ongoing conflict in Sudan as an estimated 82,000 children have fled to neigh­bouring countries and approxi­mately 368,000 more are newly displaced inside the country.

The brutal conflict in Sudan has exacted a devastating toll on the country’s children, with thousands having experienced deeply traumat­ic events or been driven from their homes in search of relative safety, said UNICEF Executive Direc­tor, Catherine Russell, in a press release.

“Their situation remains precar­ious, and continued support and assistance from the international community and humanitarian partners are critical,” she said.

According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), more than 164,000 people have sought refuge across borders since the outbreak of the military conflict in Sudan on April 15.

In addition, the Internation­al Organisation for Migration estimates some 736,000 people are newly internally displaced within Sudan since the start of the con­flict. Almost 3.8 million people were already internally displaced within Sudan prior to the outbreak of violence.

Many communities receiving displaced populations are al­ready affected by multiple crises, with basic services and existing humanitarian capacity already overstretched and the rains soon to set in.

The conflict in Sudan is also disrupting cross-border trade and movement, leading to a sharp increase in food prices in neigh­bouring countries, with a higher risk of food insecurity in vulnera­ble host communities, it said.

In Sudan, UNICEF has provid­ed emergency health kits, essential supplies and medicines to hospi­tals and primary health care cen­tres to support the treatment of the injured and access to life-sav­ing and basic health services.

UNICEF is also supporting displaced children and families, striving to ensure the continuity of essential services, including the provision of nutrition supplies to help keep more than 80 per cent of facilities functioning in affected areas, said the fund.


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