UN Report Highlights Stark Increase in Violence Against Children in Sudan Amid Conflict


The escalating conflict in Sudan has led to a significant increase in violence against children, with the United Nations reporting a nearly five-fold increase in such incidents between 2022 and 2023. The ongoing war, which involves the Sudanese Army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), has resulted in mass displacement, famine threats, and severe malnutrition among children in refugee camps like Zamzam. The United Nations has blacklisted both the Sudanese Army and the RSF for crimes against children, highlighting the severe impact of the conflict on young lives. The International Criminal Court is investigating the systematic attacks, appealing for evidence from witnesses in Sudan.
  • The United Nations reports a nearly five-fold increase in violence against children in Sudan between 2022 and 2023.
  • Sudan’s Army and the Rapid Support Forces are blacklisted by the UN for crimes against children, including killings, maimings, and attacks on schools and hospitals.
  • The conflict has caused mass displacement, with families fleeing to refugee camps like Zamzam, where children face malnutrition rates twice as high as in central Darfur.
  • The International Criminal Court is gathering evidence for a potential investigation into systematic and organized attacks on human dignity in Darfur.
  • Legal advisers call for international action focusing on civilian protection, increasing humanitarian aid, and accountability for war crimes and human rights violations.
  • Despite international pledges of humanitarian aid, only 16% of the needed support has been received, underscoring the urgent need for increased aid and protective measures for civilians.
  • Experts emphasize the importance of holding the warring parties, particularly the RSF and its enablers, accountable for their actions, including potential genocidal acts in Darfur.

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