Armed conflicts have plunged Sudan into a humanitarian nightmare: caught in the crossfire of the heavy fighting, 13.6 million children lack food, safe water, shelter and medical care. The need for humanitarian aid is greater than ever.
On April 15, 2023, intense fighting broke out between the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and the Sudanese Armed Forces in the capital city of Khartoum, spreading to other populated areas in the Darfur region and the provinces of South and West Kordofan. At least 9,000 deaths have been reported, among them 500 children (figures from October 19). Thousands of families are caught in the crossfire, with little or no access to essential supplies and services. Around 24.7 million people – half of the population of Sudan – urgently need humanitarian assistance.
The fighting puts their survival at immediate risk: almost 5.7 million people have had to flee their homes and seek shelter. Even before the outbreak of violence, there were millions of internally displaced people in Sudan, living for years in refugee camps and temporary shelters. The armed conflict has plunged Sudan into the greatest refugee crisis in the world. 1.2 million people have fled the country to seek shelter in neighboring countries like Chad, Egypt or South Sudan.
“We are concerned about the devastating fighting in Sudan and the impact it’s having on children and families. Violence is not the answer and must stop. UNICEF calls on all parties to immediately protect innocent lives and to respect the rights and wellbeing of all children.”
The current conflict is worsening the already precarious situation for children. Families in Sudan lack food, safe drinking water, medical supplies, fuel and shelter. Sudan also has one of the highest malnutrition rates in the world for children under the age of five. That includes 690,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition and in urgent need of lifesaving assistance. However, violent clashes in these conflict hotspots are impeding access to health and nutrition services. Host community resources in Sudan have been exhausted, the health care system is overwhelmed, and overcrowded emergency shelters are experiencing outbreaks of diseases like measles.
The violence and displacement have had severe psychosocial impacts on the health and future of these children. Without immediate assistance, 19 million children will not attend school this year and 4.3 million urgently needing protection will not be reached.
How your donation helps
Despite the dangerous security situation throughout the country, UNICEF is working to help children and their families in Sudan. Working closely with partners on the ground, we are striving to get to even hard-to-reach regions and provide vital aid.
- The protection of the children affected is our top priority.
- Refugee children are receiving psychosocial support to help them cope with their trauma.
- Health facilities are being provided with vital medical supplies.
- Access to water and healthcare is being made possible.
- Emergency schools are being set up and necessary school supplies provided to children.
- Malnourished infants are being provided with specialized therapeutic food.
Humanitarian crisis in Sudan
Your donation makes a difference.
- “School in the box” for 60 child refugees for CHF 195
- Five first aid kits with bandages, plasters and sterile gloves for CHF 135
- 30,000 disinfection tablets for 150,000 liters of safe water for CHF 75