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UN warns of child insecurity in Sudan conflict

UN warns of child insecurity in Sudan conflict

Khartoum, Sep 29 (Prensa Latina) A new United Nations report on Sudan released today in this capital warns about the situation of insecurity for children in armed conflicts in the country.

Although Sudan shows some progress with the reforms carried out under the transitional government, all parties involved in the conflict continue to commit serious violations against children, according to the UN text.

The survey identified 520 serious violations affecting 445 infants during from January 2020 to December 2021.

These violations range from murder, mutilation, abduction and sexual violence to recruitment into armed groups and attacks on schools and hospitals, details the report released by Sudan Tribune.

According to the finding, the highest number of violations recorded was the killing and maiming of 356 affected children, accounting for more than two-thirds of the total number. Most of the acts were committed by government security forces and non-state armed groups, it was released.

Too many children in Sudan are still deprived of their basic rights and the opportunity to play and develop without fear of being killed or maimed, recruited, used and abused,’ said Virginia Gamba, the UN Secretary-General’s Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.

She called on all parties to act now to prevent all serious violations against children.

She said the UN is available to provide the necessary support to the authorities in these efforts.

With UN supervision, the Transitional Government of Sudan drafted the Children’s Act of 2021 and as a result a new procedure for birth registration of vulnerable minors was developed. pgh/abo/mv/adr

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