An estimated two million children have been displaced in Sudan since the war erupted four months ago. This translates to an average of more than 700 children newly displaced every according to UNICEF.
Additionally, over 1.7 million children are estimated to be on the move within Sudan’s borders and more than 470,000 have crossed into neighbouring countries.
“With over two million children uprooted by the conflict in only a few months, and countless more trapped in its merciless grip, the urgency of our collective response cannot be overstated,” said Mandeep O’Brien, UNICEF Country Representative in Sudan. “We are hearing unimaginable stories from children and families, some of whom lost everything and had to watch their loved ones die in front of their eyes. We said it before, and we are saying it again: We need peace now for children to survive.”
At present, close to 14 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian support, many facing multiple threats and terrifying experiences every single day.
The latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) reports food insecurity is on the rise, estimating that 20.3 million people in Sudan will be food insecure between July and September 2023, at least half of them children.
In addition, currently, more than 9.4 million children lack access to safe drinking water in Sudan and 3.4 million children under 5 are at high risk of diarrheal diseases and cholera.
As conflict continues to ravage the country, almost 700,000 children with severe acute malnutrition are at high risk of not surviving without treatment, 1.7 million babies risk missing critical lifesaving vaccinations, and an entire generation of children will likely miss out on education.