One year on: a community in Darfur built from the ashes
SORTONY, Sudan, 25 May 2017 – “The site at Sortony is a cramped shantytown in the making. UNICEF, as part of the first multi-agency humanitarian team to come to assess the situation, is navigating a maze of families, of children scraping for food, of donkeys, and, in the absence of any facilities, of open defecation fields.
In North Darfur, Child Friendly Spaces bring happiness and stability in the shadow of conflict
ZAMZAM CAMP, North Darfur, Sudan, 5 July 2016 – After locals helped establish a refuge for newly arrived children at the Zamzam camp for the internally displaced, a steady stream of traumatized boys and girls began turning up at the front gates.
For internally displaced in South Darfur, finding water is a new challenge
KALMA CAMP, South Darfur, Sudan, 5 July 2016 – When 45-year-old Mohamed Abdel Hamid traipsed into Kalma refugee camp in 2014, he left behind a shattered world.
Children carry the keys to the homes they fled, in Jebel Marra, Sudan
JEBEL MARRA, Sudan, 22 March 2016 – From between the branches of a tree at the entrance to the tiny town of Sortoni pokes the face of a young boy. He wants to know my name. More importantly, he wants me to know his name.
Keys to reducing child mortality in Sudan
EL GENEINA, West Darfur, Sudan, 4 December 2015 – In a small concrete hospital ward in El Geneina, a tiny girl lies next to her mother beneath a striped yellow and white sheet. The temperature outside is at least 40° C (104° F). On the ceiling, a single fan rotates slowly in the gloom, but it makes little difference. The room, lit by two white lightbulbs, is hot and stuffy.
In Sudan, mothers learn how to keep their children healthy
EL GENEINA, West Darfur, Sudan, 27 October 2015 – Inside a camp for internally displaced people in El Geneina, capital of West Darfur state, a group of 12 young mothers sit with their children on woven stools in a thatch-roofed hut that serves as a meeting space.
Education offers hope to thousands of boys and girls displaced in Sudan
EL FASHER, Sudan, 30 September 2015 – The childhood memories of Maryam Ahmed are threadbare and fading – but they are not forgotten. The 16-year-old still remembers where she comes from, a small village called Konjara, deep in the countryside of North Darfur. She remembers the farms, most of all, but recalls little else.
Midwife training gives Darfur mothers and children a better chance
KHARTOUM, Sudan, 21 July 2015 – At Friendship Hall, a massive building on the banks of the River Nile in central Khartoum, hundreds of young women from Sudan’s Darfur region are celebrating one of the proudest moments of their lives. The atmosphere is charged with anticipation as 233 newly trained community midwives prepare for their graduation ceremony.
In the Sudan, a transformed school transforms children – and their community
KASSALA, Sudan, 17 March 2014 – Malaz, 13, has been a student at Jamam basic school, outside Kassala town, the capital of Eastern Sudan’s Kassala State, since she was in the first grade.
In Sudan, taking a stand against female genital cutting
KASSALA, Sudan, 7 February 2013 – Sitting in a bed at Saudi Hospital with her newborn, Imtenan, Fatema explains that reaching her decision was easy, in spite of the strength of tradition. “My daughter will not be cut,” Fatema says.
A UNICEF staff member in Sudan recalls a night caught in fierce fighting
KADUGLI, Sudan, 21 May 2013 – I’m a Sudanese national working with UNICEF Sudan as a child protection officer in Kadugli Zone Office.
UNICEF-supported programmes save young children from malnutrition in Darfur, Sudan
NYALA, South Darfur, Sudan, 5 March 2012 – Getting a medical check-up is never a pleasant experience, and Yasmine, 1, is plainly not enjoying hers. She wails miserably as she is hoisted into a blue canvas scale and then suspended in mid-air for a few seconds while a nurse reads her weight.
UNICEF and partners promote girls' education in Darfur, Sudan
NYALA, South Darfur, Sudan, 29 February 2012 – No one quite knows how Qud al Haboob elementary school got its name. From its location, on the dusty outskirts of Darfur’s largest town, Nyala, one may surmise it refers to the blinding haboob dust-storms that sweep periodically across much of Sudan.
Field diary: In Sudan, a long wait for the journey home to South Sudan
KOSTI, Sudan, 1 February 2012 – A raggedy doll is all that 18-year-old Sabina Saisa has left to remind her of her best friend, Jacqueline.
Malnourished children receive help at UNICEF-supported nutrition centre in North Darfur, Sudan
EL FASHER, North Darfur State, Sudan, 18 January 2012 – Abu Badriya is a soft-spoken man with a face that lights up when he smiles. A traditional healer, or ‘faki’, by profession, he has become an unusual but important partner in the fight against child malnutrition in this part of Darfur.
In Sudan, protecting every child against the menace of polio
KHARTOUM, Sudan, 6 December 2011 – Rahma Sid Ahmed pores over a roughly drawn pencil map that will help her locate children under age five. She is part of a team of vaccinators who have come to the Al Shagara neighbourhood, in southern Khartoum, to immunize all children under five against the crippling polio virus.
In Sudan, a photo contest offers children an opportunity to document daily life
KHARTOUM, Sudan, 12 October, 2011 - A line of children walk to school; a group of men take shelter under a truck in order to escape the hot African sun; a child reads the Koran on a brightly-coloured prayer mat; a man leads a camel through the dust. These are just a handful of scenes from daily life in the Sudanese state of North Darfur captured by child photographers as part of an unusual photography project.
Mobile schools provide primary education in Sudan’s nomadic communities
WHITE NILE STATE, Sudan, 21 July 2011 – Zahra Mohamed Ahmed, 15, has every reason to feel pleased with herself. She just received the results of the eighth-grade exams she took in March, and they show she got 239 marks out of 280.
Challenges ahead to strengthen children’s rights as South Sudan prepares for independence
JUBA, South Sudan, 8 July 2011 - The celebrations on the streets of Juba have already begun. School children waving flags and carrying banners have joined tribal warriors and soldiers in rehearsals for Saturday’s big celebrations. As South Sudan gets ready for becoming the world’s newest nation, the pride and excitement is visible on every face.
South Sudan and UNICEF inaugurate a new ward at the country’s only children’s hospital
JUBA, South Sudan, 8 July 2011 - As South Sudan prepares for its independence, the opening of a new ward at a children’s hospital marks a small but significant step towards tackling the daunting challenges facing public health officials in the region.
Podcast #42: As South Sudan looks to nationhood, education is pivotal
NEW YORK, USA, 6 July 2011 – At the end of this week, on 9 July, Southern Sudan will become an independent nation. Citizens of the newest country in the world, the people of Southern Sudan face immense challenges and immediate threats.
UNICEF provides thousands of people displaced by Sudanese fighting with life-saving services
KHARTOUM, Sudan, 15 June 2011 – Ten days after hostilities erupted in and around Kadugli, the morning routine for the small UNICEF team still in the town has begun to take on a familiar feel.
UNICEF water and sanitation programme helps save children’s lives in conflict-affected Darfur
NORTH DARFUR, Sudan, 2 June 2011 – Amira says she is 15 years old, but she looks much older. In the last five months, her family has had to move three times because of on-going instability in North Darfur. Her mistrustful eyes hint at the hardships she has faced in her short life.
Weeks before Southern Sudan's independence, UNICEF helps children in troubled border areas
MALAKAL, Southern Sudan, 19 May 2011 – The bullet hole is high on the whitewashed wall of what is, in other respects, a perfectly normal conference room, the kind you might find in a UNICEF office anywhere in the world. But to the staff of UNICEF’s Malakal office, the broken plaster – and its ricochet in the frame of a map on the opposite wall – is a stark reminder of the challenges they face.
UNICEF Ambassadors Mia Farrow and Martin Bell visit Southern Sudan
WESTERN EQUATORIA STATE, Southern Sudan, 18 March 2011 – Women and children in Southern Sudan have been among those most affected by the activities of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the Ugandan rebel group operating from Southern Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.
Drive to eradicate polio gives hope to returnees in Southern Sudan
JUBA, Southern Sudan, 22 February 2011 – The first round of the 2011 Polio National Immunization Days in southern Sudan begins this week and is expected to reach an estimated 3.1 million children. Thousands of vaccination teams will spread across southern Sudan - a region the size of Eastern Europe - and administer two drops of the Polio vaccine to all children under the age of five.
UNICEF accelerates child survival efforts as Southern Sudan looks to rebuild
JUBA, Southern Sudan, 12 January 2011 – It is nearly daybreak outside Juba's El Shabbah Children’s Hospital, where a group have women wait patiently to be let in. Soon after sunrise, their patience is rewarded as the hospital springs to life like a well-oiled machine.
A young returnee to Southern Sudan looks to the referendum and beyond
JUBA, Southern Sudan, 7 January 2011 – With the Southern Sudan referendum on independence scheduled for 9 January, hundreds of thousands of southerners are heading home to vote. While some have been assisted by the Southern Sudanese government, many others are returning on their own by rail, road, river and air.
Motorbike ambulances help fight maternal mortality in Southern Sudan
YAMBIO, Southern Sudan, 13 December 2010 – Providing a fast, economical and efficient way to transport pregnant women to hospitals, the new E-Ranger motorbike ambulance - fitted with an attached sidecar bed in which a pregnant woman can sit comfortably - has become a veritable lifeline for Southern Sudan.
In Sudan, Saleema campaign re-frames debates about female genital cutting
GEDARAF, Sudan, 20 August 2010 – “I remember the day of my circumcision very well indeed,” said Tahani Omar Ali, a mother with a young family. “I was five years old and it was a painful day. I stayed in bed for 15 days, after which it healed, but for the rest of my life I suffered.”
Schools in Southern Sudan offer new hope to children affected by war
JUBA, Sudan, 11 August 2010 – Mark, 19, is a young man of exceptional resilience and determination. He is also a former child soldier. Like many thousands of young people in his country, he comes from a family that was broken by civil war.
'Second-chance' examination for schoolchildren affected by conflict in South Darfur
SOUTH DARFUR, Sudan, 14 July 2010 – UNICEF and the Ministry of Education in the South Darfur region of Sudan have witnessed the successful completion of a key goal: providing a ‘second-chance examination’ for eighth-grade students affected by conflict in the locality of East Jabel Marra.
Chad and five other Central African countries pledge to end use of children in armed conflict
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 11 June 2010 – At a regional conference here this week, Chad and five other Central African nations signed a declaration on ending the use of child soldiers. In a recorded video address to the participants, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake offered fervent support for the move.
‘Beyond School Books’ – a podcast series on education in emergencies
NEW YORK, USA, 1 March 2010 – As a teenager, Abraham Kur Achiek served in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), the rebel group that fought Sudan’s Government for more than 20 years. Today, he’s in his thirties and working as a Child Protection Officer for UNICEF in his native Southern Sudan.
Tereza’s story: I want to be a pilot
JUBA, Southern Sudan, 21 August 2009 – When Tereza Kitale looks up at the sky over the town of Juba, Southern Sudan, she sees her future.
Pernille Ironside’s firsthand account of the mission to reclaim Sudan's lost child soldiers
AWIEL, Sudan, 12 August 2009 – We arrive in the steamy small town of Awiel, with the various UN aircraft bringing us to this remote spot becoming progressively smaller with each segment of the trip. Now we will embark upon a multi-day road trip that will take us through three states in southern Sudan and close to the troubled areas of South Darfur in the north of Sudan.
Dorothy’s story: Youth journalist reports on preventing skin diseases in Southern Sudan
JUBA, Southern Sudan, 5 August 2009 – After growing up in Uganda as a refugee from Sudan’s internal conflict, Dorothy Lurit, 15, finally returned to Sudan last year and was shocked by the hygiene practices of some of her neighbours.
Peter’s story: Youth journalist reports on food insecurity in Southern Sudan
JUBA, Southern Sudan, 3 August 2009 – "My mother is hungry," says Peter Yel, 16. "Food prices are too high." To ease the burden on his mother and five siblings in their village, Peter, a student in secondary school, has moved to Juba to live with his uncle.
Alfred’s story: Youth journalist reports on early marriage in Southern Sudan
JUBA, Southern Sudan, 24 July 2009 – As Alfred Malish, now 14, has grown up, he has noticed an alarming thing happening around him: His female classmates are leaving school early to get married.
Youth journalist reports on the problem of school fees in Southern Sudan
JUBA, Southern Sudan, 13 July 2009 – Michael Lual is worried that this might be his last year of school. The 17-year-old is one of the top students at Juba Day School in Juba, Southern Sudan, but he is struggling to pay his school fees.
Overcoming barriers to girls’ education in Southern Sudan
RUMBEK, Sudan, 8 July 2009 – Mary, 17, is an eighth-grader at the Deng Nhial Primary School in Rumbek, Southern Sudan. Mary’s mother is determined to see her daughter complete her schooling, since she did not get the same opportunity to get an education herself.
Mother-to-child transmission of HIV persists in Chad
N'DJAMENA, Chad, 17 March 2009 – The recent National Conference on the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission and Paediatric Care, held here in Chad's capital, brought government officials, health workers and community and religious leaders together to address the persistence of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
UN agencies express concern over humanitarian aid crisis in Sudan
NEW YORK, USA, 9 March 2009 – UNICEF and several other UN agencies have expressed deep concern about the Sudanese Government’s recent suspension of the activities of 16 non-governmental aid organizations.
Education for students displaced by conflict in Southern Sudan
AGOK, Sudan, 3 October 2008 – Deng Ring, 18, is one of the many new students at Juoljok Primary School in Agok, Southern Sudan, who have recently fled their homes in Abyei, 45 km to the north, due to renewed fighting there.
Former child soldier Emmanuel Jal is now a hip hop star with a message of peace
NEW YORK, USA, 25 August 2008 – Over a decade has passed since Sudanese hip hop star Emmanuel Jal was a child soldier. He survived to tell his story and is now an acclaimed international musician with a message of peace.
Deputy Executive Director Hilde Johnson sees progress for children during Sudan visit
KHARTOUM/JUBA, Sudan, 22 May 2008 – UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde Johnson has been in Sudan this week, reviewing the progress which has been made for children’s rights since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005 that ended decades of civil war in most parts of the country.
As violence continues in Darfur, children go missing and families are torn apart
SIRBA, Sudan, 22 February 2008 – Hundreds of children are unaccounted for, following militia attacks on villages in Sudan's West Darfur region.
Widespread damage and thousands displaced after violence in West Darfur
NEW YORK, USA, 13 February 2008 – UNICEF has conducted its first mission to northern West Darfur in the wake of an attack by Sudanese forces.
In troubled Darfur, children raise their voices to defend their rights
NORTH DARFUR, Sudan, 27 November 2007 – Amidst the sandstorms, heat, dust and insecurity of Darfur, the voices of hundreds of children rang out as they delivered key messages on the rights of children during the 18th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
UNICEF Executive Director ends first visit to Sudan with sense of optimism
KHARTOUM, Sudan, 5 November 2007 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman wrapped up her first visit to Sudan yesterday, expressing optimism at progress she had witnessed for women and children, while noting more efforts were needed, especially in tackling high rates of child and maternal mortality.
UNICEF Executive Director sees peace bringing progress for girls in Southern Sudan
MALAKAL, Southern Sudan, 2 November 2007 – On her first trip to Sudan, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman is seeing firsthand some of the benefits to children of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the country’s long civil war in 2005.
Former child soldiers trade guns for textbooks in rural Southern Sudan
RUMBEK, Southern Sudan, 15 October 2007 – At 15, he was a soldier. At 18, he traded his gun for a textbook and went back to school. Today, at 24, Mayom Mabuong is a community leader and a teacher at Deng Nhial School, one of the only institutions in Southern Sudan created specifically to address the needs of former child soldiers.
Girls' Education Movement amplifies ‘Children’s Voices’ in Sudan
JUBA, Southern Sudan, 15 August 2007 – Every Tuesday morning, while her younger brother and sisters are still climbing into their school uniforms, Suku Jane Simon, 16, climbs onto a chair at Southern Sudan Radio, adjusts a pair of headphones and coolly announces the start of her own broadcast.
‘Go to School’ initiative offers a better life to Sudanese youths in rural cattle camps
MARIAL BEK, Southern Sudan, 7 August 2007 – Progress has come quickly to Southern Sudan. Two years after a historic peace agreement ended Africa’s longest-running civil war, urban roads are congested with traffic and classrooms that once lacked students are now overflowing.
With help from the Government of Japan, Southern Sudan rebuilds its schools
NEW YORK, USA, 17 July 2007 – Japan has contributed $8.6 million to Southern Sudan, aiding the region’s school-rebuilding efforts following two decades of civil war that devastated the education system there.
Malnutrition afflicts displaced children in camps in eastern Chad
KOUBIGOU CAMP, Chad, 5 July 2007 – The numbers keep growing, and growing fast. In 2004 there were 130,000; today, 240,000 Sudanese are in neighbouring Chad, having fled the fighting in the Darfur region of Sudan.
A Darfur village turns its back on conflict, opting instead for child-centred development
SOUTH DARFUR, Sudan, 4 May 2007 – In the village of Yara, one finds a surprisingly different aspect of Darfur. In a region that has been portrayed as ripped apart by ethnic differences and tribal tensions, residents of the local Fur tribe and Arab nomadic families live side by side, working together on improvements to their community.
Football match scores against landmines on Landmine Awareness Day in Sudan
KHARTOUM, Sudan, 4 April 2007- Under a scorching sun, and amidst the dust of a makeshift soccer pitch, the crowd of some 800 spectators in Al Salam camp for internally displaced persons roars as the third goal, an equalizer, hits the back of the net.
UNICEF Sudan Representative sees hopeful opportunities amid chaos in Darfur
NEW YORK, USA, 14 March 2007 – UNICEF Representative in Sudan Ted Chaiban recently returned from that country’s Darfur region, where he saw firsthand the realities in the camps for displaced children and families who cannot return to their homes because of the violent conflict that continues there.
Handpumps and education bring safe water and hygiene to Sudanese villages
SARAF ADEI, Sudan, 24 January 2007 – As Selma, 14, waits to fill her bucket with water at the new handpump in her village in South Kordofan State, she recalls how things were before it was installed. “My mother used to be away from the house for a long time when she went to fetch water,” she says.
No end in sight for Darfur’s humanitarian crisis
NEW YORK, USA, 22 January 2007 – The violence in the Darfur region of western Sudan continues unabated amidst reports over the weekend of villages being heavily bombed in the north. Meanwhile, a joint statement issued on 17 January by a group of United Nations relief agencies, including UNICEF, has put the humanitarian crisis back in the spotlight.
Requiem for Darfur: A song of solidarity
NEW YORK, USA, 22 January 2007 – More than 100 musicians and 120 singers will join tonight in a song of solidarity for the victims of the ongoing violence in Darfur.
Basic school supplies reach children and teachers in post-war Southern Sudan
KWAJOK, Southern Sudan, 20 December 2006 – Angelina Nyanyok, 18, a student at the local primary school, identifies her classroom by the single element that provides any shelter.
GEM clubs help more girls get to school in Southern Sudan
JUBA, Southern Sudan, 30 November 2006 – Like children everywhere, students in Southern Sudan spend most of their mornings studying textbooks, reciting lessons and trying to keep still. But for two days recently, 55 students and teachers came together to raise education awareness through an exuberant display of song and dance.
UNICEF officer describes the plight of displaced families in a Darfur camp
NYALA, South Darfur, Sudan, 29 November 2006 – Colourful fabrics strewn across thorn bushes greet us as we drive through. Men and women fasten sticks and twigs into giant, bug-shaped structures, which when completed will be their new homes.
Camps swell as women and children flee fighting in south Darfur
NEW YORK, USA, 16 November 2006 – Thousands of women and children have taken shelter at a camp in south Darfur after a sudden surge in fighting forced them to flee their homes.
Far-reaching survey assesses learning spaces in post-war Southern Sudan
JUBA, Southern Sudan, 10 November 2006 – For the first time in the history of this war-torn region, a major survey has made it possible to identify the location and conditions of thousands of learning spaces – many of them ‘bush schools’ consisting of little more than a few benches under a tree.
Teachers go back to school in southern Sudan
WAU, Southern Sudan, 5 October 2006 – The day begins early and ends late for Clara Royo, a primary school teacher in this bustling market town. Rising before dawn to prepare her family’s breakfast and retiring long after dark, she has recently added another activity to her hectic schedule. At the age of 67, she is going back to school.
School clubs spread message of hygiene across South Kordofan
SOUTH KORDOFAN, Sudan, 29 September 2006 – The students in the School Hygiene Club at Kagar-Al-Mak School in the Nuba Mountains of northern Sudan are quite busy these days. They are producing drama and songs with key messages on hygiene and sanitation that they will perform for about 600 other pupils and teachers.
Water treatment and hygiene education protect millions in Sudan
DARFUR, Sudan, 20 September 2006 – Cases of life-threatening diarrhoeal disease, including cholera, are on the increase in a region extending from the north of Sudan to southern Darfur.
Japan donates $16 million to help prevent childhood diseases in four African nations
NEW YORK, USA, 4 August 2006 – The Government of Japan has announced a nearly $16 million donation to UNICEF, to help reduce child mortality and achieve Millennium Development Goals in four African countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria and Sudan.
Returning students crowd schools in Southern Sudan
JUBA, Southern Sudan, 31 July 2006 – As the afternoon winds down and most classes let out for the day, students at Buluk A, the only government school in this town offering instruction in English, are just beginning to open their books.
For girls in South Darfur, finishing primary school is a major milestone
DARFUR, Sudan, 18 July 2006 – Fatma Atma Musa,13, goes to school, studies and socializes with her friends – normal activities for children in developed countries. But in Dafur, Fatma is the exception rather than the rule.
Two girls determined to stay in school in South Kordofan, Sudan
KORDOFAN, Sudan, 11 July 2006 – Girls in South Kordofan, Sudan, like those in many other parts of the world, are more likely than boys to drop out of school. To make matters worse, many girls here have never been enrolled in school at all. Poverty, tradition and inadequate facilities have left a majority of girls without an education.
Getting children to school in southern Sudan
RUMBEK, Southern Sudan, 30 June 2006 – In this hardscrabble town, where buildings consist of little more than rubble and tending cattle is one of the only realistic careers, getting children into school used to be a nearly impossible task.
UNICEF youth spokesperson says the world is failing children in Darfur
NEW YORK, USA, 30 June 2006 – UNICEF Spokesperson for Youth Ronan Farrow has returned from a trip to the Darfur region of Sudan saddened by the changes since his last visit in 2004 but motivated to remind young people that they can make a difference.
More than 200 Sudanese boys and girls head home after release from armed groups
JULUD, Sudan, 29 June 2006 – After two years spent in military barracks, Asha (not her real name), a Sudanese girl of barely 16, is finally going home.
Scenes from the frontline: Mia Farrow’s Darfur video diary
DARFUR, Sudan, 23 June 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow visited the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan in mid-June to highlight the importance of protecting children affected by the continuing violence there.
On Darfur visit, Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow appeals for international aid
NEW YORK, USA, 15 June 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow has just completed a one-week visit to Sudan to highlight the need for further international aid in war-torn Darfur.
UNICEF helps displaced children and families survive in Chad’s desert
GOZ BEIDA, Chad, 6 June 2006 – “They came again and again, taking our things, killing and burning our villages,” says Fatime, a Chadian mother of five. “We had to leave our village near the border of Sudan because of the Janjaweed militia.”
UNICEF urges more international help to improve security for children in Chad
NEW YORK, USA, 23 May 2006 – UNICEF humanitarian workers have returned to their posts in eastern Chad after being evacuated for security reasons during the country’s recent presidential election.
Goodwill Ambassador Johann Koss sees effects of war in Southern Sudan
Southern Sudan, 5 May 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Johann Koss has just completed a visit to Southern Sudan to highlight both the challenges and opportunities for children here after 21 years of war.
Goodwill Ambassador Johann Koss visits camps for displaced families in Sudan
EL FATEH CAMP, Sudan, 2 May 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Olympic speed-skating champion Johann Koss is visiting Sudan to highlight the difficult situation of children living in camps for displaced families.
In Southern Sudan, 250 demobilized child soldiers trade weapons for textbooks
KHORFULUS, Jonglei State, Sudan, 25 April 2006 – "We are determined to demobilize all child soldiers this year," announced Executive Director Benjamin Gimba of the Southern Sudan Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission at a gathering here today.
Executive Board delegates visit Darfur refugees in Chad and witness UNICEF in action
NEW YORK, 10 April 2006 – At a refugee camp in Chad, women and children fleeing violence across the border in Darfur, Sudan are given nutrition and medical care. Some have walked for days to get there. They describe how their men were murdered, their homes and communities destroyed.
UNICEF helps to launch ‘Go to School’ initiative in post-war Southern Sudan
JUBA, Southern Sudan, 3 April 2006 – Getting the kids ready for a new school term can be a hectic and expensive affair, most parents would agree. But it pales in comparison with buying, shipping and packing school supplies for 1.6 million Southern Sudanese children – a process that demands a forklift for the pencil sharpeners alone.
UNICEF Representative sees opportunities in Southern Sudan and urgent need in Darfur
NEW YORK, USA, 16 March 2006 – UNICEF’s Representative in Sudan, Ted Chaiban, is in Washington, D.C. today, meeting with U.S. Government officials about the critical situation in Darfur and Southern Sudan. In particular, Mr. Chaiban is emphasizing the urgent need for greater awareness and funds to help millions of people – most of them children and women – affected by conflict throughout Sudan. After his meetings on Capitol Hill, he will head to London and Berlin for further discussions with governments and donors.
Schools reopen just weeks after thousands fled a militia attack in South Darfur
MANAWASHI, Darfur, 7 March 2006 – Children are returning to school and around 70 per cent of services are running again in Mershing, South Darfur, just weeks after militia descended on the town and forced 57,000 people to flee for their lives.
UNICEF and ECHO bring clean drinking water to villagers in Sudan's Nuba Mountains
NUBA MOUNTAINS, Sudan, 21 February 2006 – For people living in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, central Sudan, getting enough clean water has long been a difficult task. Working with ECHO, the European Community’s Humanitarian Aid Department, UNICEF has turned the situation around, building and rehabilitating the region’s water system to ensure more than 110,000 people have access to safe drinking water.
In response to disease outbreak, UNICEF rushes aid to Southern Sudan town
JUBA, Sudan, 9 February 2006 – UNICEF is rushing emergency assistance to the busy crossroads town of Yei in Southern Sudan in response to a deadly outbreak of disease. Sixteen people have already died, two of them children.
In Darfur, handpumps are on the frontline of peacebuilding
TAWILA, Sudan, 25 January 2006 – Until recently, 7-year-old Naimat Ibrahim had no easy access to a handpump to collect water for her family. Using the one nearest her home brought her directly into the centre of Darfur’s conflict.
African Union summit focuses on improving the continent’s education and bringing peace to Darfur
NEW YORK, USA, 23 January 2006 – African leaders have arrived in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, to participate in the annual summit of the African Union (AU), which opens on 23 January. Focusing on this year’s theme of ‘Education and Culture’, the leaders of more than 50 African nations will also look at the HIV/AIDS pandemic facing the continent, and discuss the current crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region.
Childhood interrupted in Darfur’s refugee camps
KALMA CAMP, South Darfur, Sudan – Kalma Camp, the largest camp for people who have fled their home villages in Darfur, is an endless sea of tents and mud huts stretching from one horizon to the other. Over 70,000 people have flocked to Kalma in the last two years, fleeing a conflict described by the United Nations as one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
Ronan Farrow: A prominent voice advocating for children in Darfur
NEW YORK, USA, 20 December 2005 – Seventeen-year-old Ronan Farrow, a UNICEF spokesperson for youth, is a passionate and outspoken advocate for children and women caught up in the ongoing crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region.
Sudan: Keeping HIV/AIDS in check
Paula Claycomb, UNICEF’s Communication Officer in Sudan, talks about how UNICEF and its partners are putting the focus on young people in order to prevent HIV/AIDS from spreading in the region.
Child-friendly spaces help Sudanese refugee children overcome trauma and malnutrition at camps in Chad
ABECHE, Chad, 9 December 2005 – Providing the semblance of a normal childhood to refugee children – as well as professional help to those who have been traumatized – is as important as food, water, health care and education. UNICEF is supporting 46 ‘child-friendly spaces’ in five refugee camps in eastern Chad, where families have fled the fighting in the neighbouring Darfur region of Sudan.
Tackling the risks of childbirth for HIV-positive women in southern Sudan
RUMBEK, Sudan, 5 December 2005 – “What’s done, is done,” whispers Grace* as she rests in the shade, but the searching look she gives her husband, Oliver*, and the little mound of dirt behind her, betray the fact that her grief is still fresh.
Sudan launches UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS
KHARTOUM, Sudan, 1 December 2005 – Over 1,200 Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, government authorities and UNICEF officials came together at Khartoum’s Friendship Hall this morning to launch the UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign. Simultaneous activities took place in Kassala in the east, Juba in the south and other towns throughout the country.
Southern Sudan’s largest mass measles campaign aims to vaccinate 4.5 million children against the killer disease
TEREKEKA, Southern Sudan, 28 November 2005 – A massive measles immunization campaign, targeting 4.5 million children under the age of 15, has been launched in Southern Sudan by UNICEF, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the newly-established government here.
Darfur’s nomads: assisting an overlooked demographic
FAGOO, North Darfur, Sudan, 17 November 2005 - Shortly after the beginning of the autumn school term, rebels surrounded Ibrahim Abdullah’s nomadic boarding school and set it on fire. Many of Ibrahim’s classmates died. Bleeding from a bullet wound in his right arm, which would later be amputated, the 10-year-old escaped into the back country.
Sudan: Religious leader speaks out against female genital mutilation/cutting
“As I was discharging my duties, I heard loud cries and wailing coming from a hut. We abandoned our lesson and rushed to the noise. It was the hut of Sheikh Hajj al Basher, a respectable, good-hearted man who was married to a woman by the name of Zainab. Four years after their marriage, Allah had granted them a baby girl, whom they named Amna.
Sudan: Roads help the movement of trade goods – and of HIV/AIDS
AL FASHER, Sudan, 8 November 2005 – In Africa it is often necessary for workers to travel from place to place, whether inside their home country or across its borders. The mobility of large groups of people unfortunately contributes to the spread of the AIDS virus, and Sudan is no exception.
Youth Committee provides new opportunities for adolescents in Kalma camp
KALMA CAMP, South Darfur, Sudan, 1 November 2005 – Kalma is the largest of Darfur’s camps for people forced to flee their homes by the conflict, with a population of more than 150,000, including many different cultures, languages and ethnicities.
UN Delegations Women’s Club raises $120,000 for schools in Darfur
NEW YORK, USA, 27 October 2005 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today accepted a cheque for $120,000 from the United Nations Delegations Women’s Club, for the construction of schools in Sudan’s conflict-ridden region of Darfur. The Club raised the money through an international bazaar held earlier in the year that featured raffles, food and hand crafted items from five continents.
UNICEF and partners reopen health centres in northern Darfur
DISA, northern Darfur, Sudan, 20 October 2005 – In rural areas of northern Darfur, UNICEF and its partners have reopened 20 health centres over the last few months to provide local populations with much-needed medical treatment.
Sudan: Students and teachers learn about HIV/AIDS prevention
KADUGLI, Sudan, 21 October, 2005 – With more than 2 million children living with the HIV virus today, UNICEF and its partners are working hard to give the children of Sudan facts about AIDS.
Darfur: Teacher training helps create child-friendly schools
DARFUR, Sudan, 5 October 2005 – Teachers in Darfur are learning how to make their classrooms ‘child-friendly’, thanks to important training offered by UNICEF.
UNICEF launches photo exhibition dedicated to children of Darfur
NEW YORK, 29 September 2005 – Diplomats, photographers, art collectors and others concerned about the world’s children gathered last night at United Nations Headquarters for the opening of an exhibition of 40 photographs taken in Sudan’s West Darfur province by world-renowned photographer Ron Haviv, who traveled to the area with UNICEF.
Community health volunteers are saving lives in Darfur’s camps
ABOU SHOUK CAMP, North Darfur, Sudan, 14 September 2005 – Mohamed Hadi Ali has given speeches in front of water pumps, pretended to be a mosquito in impromptu skits, and has held earnest conversations with people in their homes – all to drive home the connection between hygiene and health.
Southern Sudan: Early marriage threatens girls’ education
YAMBIO, Sudan, 7 September 2005 – As schoolgirls here bend their heads over their books, they listen warily for the sounds of angry voices outside.
Chad: Host communities threatened by disease and unsafe water
KERFI, Chad, 1 September 2005 – Eight-year-old Fatime stands with a crowd of children on the bank of one of the flooded seasonal rivers, called wadis.
Flash flood destroys homes, puts drinking water at risk in North Darfur
EL FASHER, Darfur region, Sudan, 24 August 2005 – Torrential rains have caused severe flooding in this city of 400,000 people and in nearby Abu Shouk, a camp for people forced to flee their homes as a result of the ongoing Darfur conflict. The floods have destroyed hundreds of homes and have made El Fasher’s water supply largely unsafe.
Drought exacerbates crisis in South Darfur
FINNA VILLAGE, Darfur, 25 July 2005 – In this small village, a drop of water is worth its weight in gold. Mu Elnaso, a mother of five, knows it all too well.
Darfur’s children find healing in art
DARFUR, Sudan, 23 June, 2005 – The ongoing conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region is affecting some 1.5 million children. Many of these children have witnessed terrible atrocities, including the rape and murder of family members.
Darfur: A family's struggle in Finna
JEBEL MARRA, Sudan, 7 June 2005 – “I was happy in my previous life. We had a farm, cattle, water and a safe life,” says Hawa, a middle-aged mother of five. Her home region, Jebel Marra, was once a paradise: abundant with fruit, popular with tourists and considered an important farming region for Darfur - and all of Sudan. Now the region, including Finna, an SLA (Sudanese Liberation Army)-controlled area in Jebel Marra, is described as dry and harsh and abundant with despair. UNICEF is the only humanitarian aid agency supporting Finna and its struggling residents, including Hawa.
UNICEF and African Union work together to protect children in Darfur
The two young boys walked and hitchhiked all the way across the deserts of Darfur. When they arrived at Abu Shouk, a camp for people forced to flee their homes, it took some time for Koos van Rhyn to understand what was different about them: They yearned to be arrested.
Combat veteran goes door-to-door to get girls back to school
RUMBEK, Sudan, 1 June 2005 – For six years, Reuben Meen fought on the front lines of Africa’s longest-running civil war.
‘Child-friendly centres’ help bring hope to Darfur’s children
NEW YORK, 19 May 2005 – While the ongoing violence and humanitarian crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region continue to make international headlines, the children of families who have fled to the region’s displaced persons camps now have safe places to gather, laugh and play.
Darfur’s children dropping out of school in search of water
4 May 2005, EL FASHER, Darfur – Abdallah Hurry, a teacher at the Musbat elementary school in North Darfur, is losing students. Malnutrition and ongoing conflict have contributed immensely to the problem. These days, however, Abdallah is loosing students because there isn’t enough safe drinking water.
The story of a malnourished toddler in Darfur
DARFUR, Sudan, 19 April 2005 – In the past year, UNICEF has helped build 45 feeding centres in Darfur, and the number of deaths from malnutrition has dropped. However, as the crisis there ensues, health workers are preparing to see an increase in the number of malnourished children.
Students take school examination in Kalma IDP camp
DARFUR, Sudan, 15 April 2005 - April brought to displaced adolescents in South Darfur the same fate as students all over the world: exams.
Darfur: situation could deteriorate
NEW YORK, 7 April 2005 - Unless peace can be achieved on the ground in Darfur in the coming months, the situation for women and children is likely to get worse. Over two million people have been affected by the crisis, and with the conflict deteriorating and a severe drought looming, UNICEF Special Representative Keith McKenzie says people in Darfur are going to require continued assistance in the months ahead.
Sudan’s reconstruction plan: Children are the future
NEW YORK, 11 March 2005 - While celebrating the launch of a major recovery and development plan for north and south Sudan, UNICEF says it is essential that children’s needs remain a top priority. The $8 billion, six-year reconstruction plan, called the ‘Framework for Sustained Peace, Development and Poverty Eradication in Sudan’, was made possible by the signing of a peace agreement between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) in January 2005.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mahmoud Kabil appeals to Arab countries for Darfur support
CAIRO, 6 March 2005 - Following a visit to Darfur, UNICEF Regional Goodwill Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa Mahmoud Kabil issued an appeal to Arab countries to support children and women, who have borne the brunt of the conflict.
Averting famine in Darfur
NEW YORK, 9 March 2005 – Reports indicate that millions of people in parts of Darfur and eastern Chad are facing severe water and food shortages. Last year’s harvest in the region was poor, there was little rain, and the continued conflict is putting immense strain on limited resources.
School enrolment in Darfur doubles despite deteriorating crisis
DARFUR, Sudan, 3 March 2005 - School enrolment in Darfur has more than doubled in the last six months. Children under 18 account for more than half of the displaced population in Darfur and UNICEF believes that providing education is a key to stabilizing their lives.
A violent legacy of conflict in Darfur
NEW YORK, 11 February 2005 – Dozens of babies are being born in Darfur to mothers raped during the ongoing conflict in western Sudan. A recent United Nations report into war crimes in the region has highlighted widespread attacks on women and girls, some as young as ten years old.
Darfur refugees fuel tension in Chad
NEW YORK, 1 February 2005 - Tension is increasing in eastern Chad as refugees from the troubled Darfur region of Sudan cross the border seeking safety. There are an estimated 203,000 people now living in 11 overcrowded camps in Chad, and more could arrive as the crisis in Darfur continues.
Situation in Darfur continues to deteriorate
NEW YORK, 22 December 2004 – The situation in Darfur is steadily declining according to UNICEF’s recently appointed Special Representative to Darfur.
Portrait of Darfur Child wins “UNICEF Photo of the Year 2004”
BERLIN, Germany, 20 December, 2004—Germany’s First Lady and UNICEF patroness, Eva Luise Kohler, honoured British photographer Marcus Bleasdale with UNICEF Germany's photo prize “UNICEF Photo of the Year 2004” for his portrait of a refugee child in Darfur.
Clearing deadly mines from southern Sudan
YIROL, Sudan, New York, New York, 1 December 2004 – Sudan is one of the ten most landmine-affected countries in the world. A truce in the long-running civil conflict (which is separate from and far predates the crisis in Darfur) has now allowed the United Nations to begin work in southern Sudan, to clear landmines and unexploded ordnance.
Mia Farrow describes situation in Darfur camps for MSNBC
New York, 18 November 2004 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow says that the humanitarian crisis facing the people of Darfur is unlike any she has ever seen.
Farrow witnesses plight of Darfur’s children
NYALA, Sudan/NEW YORK, 8 November 2004 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow and her son Seamus are in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan, to witness firsthand the worsening humanitarian crisis.
Situation for Darfur’s children is ‘desperate’
NEW YORK, 8 November 2004 – The United Nations Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, says that intervention is urgently needed to protect Darfur’s vulnerable children.
Japan donates $3.5 million to bring water and sanitation to children in Darfur
TOKYO, 26 October 2004 – The Japanese government today made a donation of $3.5 million in response to the deepening crisis in the Darfur region. The donation will help mitigate the serious shortage of safe drinking water and improve sanitation facilities in camps for displaced people and in their host communities.
Girls and women terrorized by widespread rape in Darfur
DARFUR/NEW YORK, 20 October 2004 - UNICEF has received further reports that armed militias are continuing to rape girls and women in Darfur as a tactic to terrorize and humiliate individuals and communities.
Former child soldiers need support
SOUTHERN SUDAN, 13 October 2004 – In the war-torn country of Sudan – its Darfur region currently the focus of world attention – child soldiers are slowly being demobilized from armed groups. In the last three years, tens of thousands of children have returned home after serving in the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLA) movement.
Malnutrition continues to threaten Darfur’s children in Eastern Chad
Eastern Chad, 5 October, 2004 – Nearly 200,000 Sudanese children, women and men are living in refugee camps in Eastern Chad, many of them suffering from starvation and malnutrition. They are dying at an alarming rate as the conflict in Darfur continues to destroy communities and lives.
Death rate soars for Darfur’s children
NEW YORK, 13 September 2004 – Death rates among people who have been forced to flee their homes in Darfur are up to ten times higher than is normal for the rest of Sudan’s population. Thousands of children are dying every month from diseases that are usually preventable and easily treatable. These are the stark findings of a survey just completed by the World Health Organization and Sudan’s Ministry of Health in North and West Darfur.
Lifesaving measles vaccines reach North Darfur’s children
DARFUR/NEW YORK, 8 September 2004 – UNICEF and its partners are immunizing thousands of children in North Darfur, in areas controlled by the Sudanese Liberation Movement (SLM). Many of these children are being vaccinated against measles for the first time in their lives.
UNICEF and partners bring much-needed aid to Darfur’s children in eastern Chad
N’DJAMENA/NEW YORK, 25 August 2004 – UNICEF, United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations continue to work together to assist thousands of children, women and men who have been forced to flee their homes in the Darfur region and are currently living in camps in eastern Chad.
Sudanese refugee children in eastern Chad receive life-saving vaccines
N’DJAMENA, 19 August 2004 – UNICEF is providing 206,000 doses of measles and polio vaccines for immunizing displaced Sudanese children less than 15 years old, as part of an effort to immunize all of the more than 86,000 Sudanese refugees living in camps in Chad. The goal is to achieve more than 80 per cent vaccination coverage.
UNICEF airlifts 81 tons of supplies to help the children of Darfur in eastern Chad
N’DJAMENA, 19 August 2004 – This week, UNICEF is airlifting 81 tons of humanitarian aid to N’Djamena in eastern Chad. This airlift is part of the recently drafted 90-Day Emergency Plan (August-October), aimed at reinforcing UNICEF response to the Darfur crisis. The emergency supplies will help in providing a protective environment for Sudanese refugee children and also for Chadian children in host communities.
Women live in fear as assaults continue in camps
SOUTH DARFUR, 14 August 2004 – “It is still happening,” says Omar Abrahim. “Even here, in the camp in Kass, in South Darfur. It is awful and we feel so powerless and ashamed. We have no weapons to defend ourselves or to take back our women and, when we dare go outside the camp, they will shoot at us.”
UNICEF official tells CNN more needs to be done in Sudan
NEW YORK, 13 August 2004 - UNICEF’s Cecilio Adorna has just returned from Sudan where he spent two months leading UNICEF’s work in the Darfur region
Fighting deadly diseases in Darfur
DARFUR, 13 August 2004 – In camps for internally displaced persons across the Darfur region of Sudan, the sanitation situation is grim. Children, women and men live, eat and sleep alongside their sheep, goats and donkeys. Besides the dirt and animal excrement that accumulates, there are not enough latrines or easy access to soap and water for the tens of thousands of displaced people currently living in the camps.
Schools built every day, says UNICEF worker
DARFUR, 12 August 2004 – In one of her recent ‘frontline diary’ entries from Darfur, UNICEF Communication Officer Sacha Westerbeek talked about the ongoing campaign to keep children in school in spite of the crisis. Not only is staying in school important for continuing children’s education – it’s also a crucial way of restoring a sense of stability among those who have witnessed extreme violence and chaos.
UNICEF’s Martin Bell says Darfur crisis is the worst he has seen in 40 years
DARFUR, 11 August 2004 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Martin Bell says the humanitarian catastrophe in Darfur is one of the worst he’s ever seen. The former BBC news veteran was travelling with UNICEF to witness the crisis which has affected more than a million people.
Immunization campaigns reaching across conflict lines
DARFUR, 10 August 2004 – Last Friday, UNICEF and UN staff flew to the Eritrean capital of Asmara last Friday to negotiate for access to rebel controlled areas of Darfur for two large immunization sweeps – one against measles, and the other against polio, the latter in late August. At the same time, a small assessment team moved into parts of North Darfur that hadn’t been reached by aid workers or government services for years – with the full consent of the Sudanese government.
UNICEF UK Ambassador for Humanitarian Emergencies Martin Bell visits Darfur region
KHARTOUM/DARFUR, 3 August 2004 – Former BBC correspondent and current Ambassador for Humanitarian Emergencies for UNICEF UK Martin Bell visited the Darfur region to document the deteriorating humanitarian situation and highlight UNICEF’s work in the area.
Schooling offers Darfur’s children a sense of stability
KOUNOUNGO REFUGEE CAMP/NEW YORK, 30 July 2004 – In the Kounoungo refugee camp in Eastern Chad, Darfurian children are eagerly attending school, after months of witnessing extreme violence, death and chaos in their homeland.
Race to protect children from a deadly disease
While two million children are now safe from measles after a massive immunization campaign, half a million more children in western Darfur have not yet been reached because of ongoing insecurity in the area. Vaccinating children against measles can often mean the difference between life and death, as UNICEF Communication Officer James Elder reports.
Darfur Children face malnutrition in Chad
More than one in four children who have fled to Chad from Darfur are suffering from malnutrition. Aid agencies also report many cases of diarrhoea – a potentially life-threatening condition.
Annan witnesses plight of Darfur’s children
DARFUR, 2 July 2004 – UN Secretary General Kofi Annan travelled to Darfur today to see at first-hand conditions for the more than one million people who have been displaced by months of militia attacks. More than half of the displaced people are children. The UN describes the Darfur conflict as “today’s worst humanitarian disaster.”
Bellamy highlights Darfur crisis on ABC news
Tonight we begin a new series, in the Sunday Spotlight, which will focus on stories that don't often get reported. Tonight the crisis in Sudan. UNICEF's executive director Carol Bellamy has just returned from there.
Rainy season threatens children in Darfur and Chad
DARFUR, 18 June 2004 – The rainy season is building in the Darfur region, destroying makeshift homes in a camp in South Darfur and sending thousands fleeing for shelter. Rainfall is expected to become heavier in the peak months of July and August.
Bellamy arrives in Darfur
DARFUR, 14 June 2004 – UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy has arrived in Sudan’s Darfur region to reinforce international support for more than a million vulnerable people. She began her three day visit in Nayla, the capital of Darfur.
Measles immunization campaign under way in Darfur
DARFUR, 10 June 2004—The campaign to immunize more than two million of Darfur’s children has so far reached across all nine provinces of South Darfur. Large numbers of children came forward for vaccination in the capital, Nyala, where more than 100,000 were given shots in the first three days of the campaign, reaching over 90% of the target population there. The second phase of the campaign is covering West and North Darfur.
UNICEF steps up campaign to protect children
DARFUR, 7 June 2002—UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) have launched a major campaign in the Darfur region to protect more than two million children from measles, a major killer in the developing world. Immunization teams are supplying vitamin A supplements along with the vaccinations, as well as protecting more than 100,000 children near the Chad border against polio.
One million people displaced by conflict
DARFUR, Sudan 3 May 2004 - One million people have been displaced by conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan – many of them struggling in desperate conditions in make-shift refugee camps. Despite a ceasefire signed earlier this month between the Government of Sudan and two rebel groups, instability continues in Darfur.
UNICEF alarmed at vulnerability of displaced women and children
DARFUR, 17 May 2004— The one million people displaced from their homes in Sudan’s Darfur region are at grave risk, with child malnutrition above 20 per cent overall, and as high as 80 per cent in some localities. Girls and women are especially vulnerable. The UN reports that many have been raped and assaulted as they fetched water and firewood. Many displaced people say they fear for their safety if they leave the camps where they have taken refuge.
Darfur Refugee Crisis Deepens
30 April 2004 -- A harsh wind blows across a makeshift refugee camp in Chad where hundreds of thousands of people are seeking safety from the fighting in Sudan. One million people have already abandoned their homes and possessions in Darfur and now face extreme hardship. UNICEF and other humanitarian agencies are struggling to provide shelter, food and water.