Emergency response in Sudan

Continuing violence in Sudan is putting millions of children and their families at risk. Many are trapped in the crossfire, and many more are on the move as they flee their homes fearing for their lives.

Even before the conflict erupted, humanitarian needs across Sudan had reached record levels. Sudan has one of the highest rates of malnutrition among children in the world, with more than 3 million children acutely malnourished.

Now, an estimated 24.7 million people, including around 13.6 million children, are in need of humanitarian assistance. With safe access to food, water, hygiene, and other essential supplies constrained across most of Sudan, the health and nutrition crisis is worsening. The closure of schools across the country is exacerbating the already alarming learning crisis. Meanwhile, more than a million people have been internally displaced or have fled to neighbouring countries.

Places where children simply must be safe – homes, schools and hospitals – have consistently come under attack, and continue to do so. Humanitarian workers have also been attacked, while humanitarian facilities, vehicles and supplies – including those of UNICEF – have been looted or destroyed. All such attacks undermine our capacity to reach children across the country with lifesaving services.

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