The intense hostilities in Sudan, has already taken a devastating toll on the people. UNICEF remains gravely concerned about the devastating impact that the constant bombardment and fighting has on children and families in Sudan, especially the most vulnerable as they bear the heaviest brunt of these hostilities. As of 17 April, at least 9 children have reportedly been killed in the fighting, and more than 50 children have reportedly been injured as hostilities continue.
Children are sheltering in schools and care centres while fighting rages around them. Children’s hospitals are forced to evacuate as shelling moves closer, and hospitals, health centres and other critical infrastructure damaged or destroyed, limiting access to essential and lifesaving care and medicine. Thousands of civilians, including women and children are fleeing Khartoum and other cities, some in cars and others on foot, due to fears for the escalation of bombing and violence. UNICEF, in coordination with partners, advocates for safe passage to get them to safer locations.
UNICEF appeals to immediately cease hostilities and calls on all parties to respect their international obligations to protect children from harm, and to ensure that humanitarian actors can safely and quickly reach children in need. We also call on all parties to refrain from attacking civilian infrastructure on which children depend – such as water and sanitation systems, health facilities and schools. Here in Hong Kong, we appeal to the public to support UNICEF’s efforts to save children and families impacted by the hostilities in Sudan.
(In the unusual event that donations for the Emergency Appeal for Sudan exceed the needs, we will direct the gift to support children in crises.)
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