Children's rights at risk in Sudan

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Child rights violations continue in Sudan

As Relief Web reports, after twelve months of armed conflict in Sudan, 24 million children are at risk of catastrophe, and their rights to life, survival, protection, education, health and development have all been grossly violated.
Among these children, according to UNICEF, 14 million are in need of humanitarian support, 19 million are out of school, and 4 million are displaced, making Sudan the country with the largest child displacement crisis in the world.

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) urged Sudan to immediately end these serious violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law and to stop recruiting children into the armed forces.
The CRC has observed since the beginning of the conflict in April 2023 between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) repeated attacks on civilians, widespread killings, including ethnically motivated killings, and the deaths of thousands of people, mainly children.

UNICEF estimates that 3.7 million children are severely malnourished and tens of thousands are likely to die without access to humanitarian or health aid.
There has also been a sharp increase, compared to a year ago, in the number of children who are victims of sexual violence as a weapon of war: children are in fact the most at risk due to widespread armed recruitment, particularly in Darfur and other areas, including eastern Sudan.

As UNDP reports through its contact person in Juba, South Sudan is facing a growing crisis, characterised by conflict, climate change, displacement and high living costs, and urgent action is needed to alleviate the suffering of civilians and chart a path to a more prosperous future.
South Sudan needs more development support to enable people to break free from the cycle of crisis and build a more secure and stable country.
UNDP is working in all regions of Sudan to strengthen the institutions responsible for building a more peaceful society.

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