UNICEF statement on the impact of the ongoing turmoil and economic crisis on children in Sudan

Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa

23 January 2019

AMMAN, 23 January 2019 – “Children were reportedly killed in ongoing turmoil that broke out last month in Sudan. According to reports, scores of children were also injured while others were detained.

“While it is difficult for UNICEF to verify these reports, children must be protected at all times from all forms of violence, harm, cruelty and mistreatment whether physical or mental. Children should never be targeted nor used or exploited.

“In recent months Sudan has witnessed an unprecedented hike in the cost of living and shortages in bread and fuel. Poverty among children and their families has increased, forcing some families to negative measures like taking their children out of school. According to reports received by UNICEF, more children now require health and nutrition care. 

“UNICEF calls on the authorities in Sudan to prioritize the protection of children and safeguard their rights to education and health in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.”

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Juliette Touma

UNICEF Amman

Tel: +962 79 867 4628

Tamara Kummer

UNICEF MENA Regional Office

Tel: +962 797 588 550

Joe English

UNICEF New York

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两个叙利亚儿童坐在一堆衣物上
在叙利亚西南部边境地区,逃离德拉持续暴力局势的家庭支起帐篷。

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