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The Darfur region is currently facing a ruinous humanitarian crisis, with more than one million people displaced from their homes and numbers rising daily. The situation of the most vulnerable children and women is critical. Despite a ceasefire signed on 8 April 2004, half the displaced population is still not accessible for humanitarian relief, and major security and human rights issues remain cause for grave concern. Full-fledged peace is essential for the immediate survival and long-term well-being of Sudan's 15 million children.

Thousands of children's lives can be saved in Sudan's western Darfur region if adequate funding is received. UNICEF issued an appeal for $46 million in June during a meeting of donors in Geneva.

UNICEF's action plan includes support in health and nutrition, water and sanitation, primary education and protection. UNICEF will also coordinate nutrition interventions, which include therapeutic and supplementary feeding centers for malnourished children. Moreover, UNICEF is working with partners to provide shelter, clothing, cooking and other items to tens of thousands of families who have lost everything. 

Since 1989, UNICEF has provided emergency relief to both government and SPLM-held areas of Sudan through Operation Lifeline Sudan.

UNICEF has been providing assistance in Darfur since the onset of the emergency in 2003.

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