KHARTOUM – The Global Education Foundation, Education Above All has condemned what it terms as the growing scale of child rights violations in Sudan.
Executive Director of EAA Foundation’s Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict Programme (PEIC) Maleiha Malik said while conflict affects all members of society, the impact is greatest on children.
“Sadly, we are seeing a worsening tragedy unfurl for children in Sudan. This is a horrific tragedy for the children and their families, in a region that has seen decades of conflict. The conflict has also destroyed schools and hospitals, and displaced millions,” Malik said in a statement to the media.
She further noted that children are at risk of malnutrition and recruitment into armed groups.
“Children in Sudan are living in constant fear whilst experiencing grave violations of their most fundamental rights on a daily basis which has the gravest impact on their physical and mental well-being,“ she added.
According to UNICEF, in 100 days of conflict in Sudan there have been 2,500 reports of serious child rights violations, including 435 deaths, and 1.7 million children have been internally displaced.
In addition, there are also escalating attacks against healthcare facilities.
“It is unacceptable that children continue to suffer as the innocent victims of conflict. We call on governments to take immediate action, by ensuring the full and effective implementation of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2601 and putting plans in place to prevent attacks on education,” the statement added.
EAA Foundation’s #UniteToProtect campaign raises global awareness of the importance of education and the need to protect future generations by guaranteeing the right to safe, quality education for every child.
The ranging fighting between Sudan Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces continues, as the different mediation efforts have not secured a ceasefire.