UNICEF response to Sudan crisis "chapeau", 04 May 2023


This document provides an overview of the impact of the humanitarian crisis on children in Sudan, and UNICEF’s initial response in Sudan and neighbouring countries.  


  • Heavy fighting broke out in Khartoum on 15 April 2023 and extended throughout Sudan. By 4 May, more than 100 children had reportedly been killed and nearly two thousand injured. 
  • The fighting is exacerbating the already fragile humanitarian situation, with 2.5 million children expected to be in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of the recent conflict, in addition to the estimated 8.5 million children already in need.  
  • Households are running low on food, fuel and cash, while prices of basic commodities have risen by 40 – 60 per cent in some areas. 
  • Lifesaving treatment services to about 50,000 children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) have been disrupted, including 1,700 children with medical complications. 
  • The central cold chain, including millions of vaccines, has been compromised with electricity supply unstable and limited access to fuel for generators.  
  • Nearly 120,000 people had crossed to neighbouring countries as of 1 May, with more than 500,000 people expected to cross in the next few months.  
  • UNICEF is working to ensure continuity of essential services in hotspots in Sudan and supporting the provision of urgent assistance to the newly internally displaced people and affected host communities. 
  • In neighbouring countries, UNICEF teams are working with host governments and partners to provide immediate lifesaving response as people arrive. 

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