KHARTOUM, Sudan – 9 June 2015. UNICEF in coordination with its implementing partners and UNHCR has been supporting the Government of Sudan in responding to the humanitarian needs of girls and boys affected by the war in South Sudan, since December 2013. Children represent over 60% of the South Sudanese refugees, as well as over 60% of the Sudanese returnees. Children in host communities, where camps have been established, have been generous by sharing their schools. However, the high demand for education is straining the existing facilities.
The funds available to respond to the multiple and critical needs of children are running out this month. There are already critical gaps today in the provision of lifesaving services including water and sanitation, hygiene-education, treatment of malnutrition, support to separated and unaccompanied children as well as immunization.
The needs are only increasing. In the recent weeks thousands of new refugees arrived, most of them children. The rapidly approaching rainy season may expose children and their families to very harsh living conditions.
“Children are the main victims of the intensification of conflict in South Sudan. They have suffered from exposure to a brutal war which has uprooted them from their homes and separated them from their familiar environment. We cannot make these boys and girls suffer even more by failing to provide timely, quality and to scale-up humanitarian assistance and protection,” says UNICEF Representative Geert Cappelaere.
The acute needs of children in Sudan are huge and go far beyond the impact of the South Sudan crisis. More than 3.2 million children require humanitarian assistance. To date UNICEF in Sudan has received generous support from a wide range of donors. Unfortunately, the funding received covers only 16% of the 117 million USD required. By the end of June, UNICEF will no longer have funding available to support children affected by the war in South Sudan.
UNICEF is calling on the Government of Sudan, governmental and non-governmental partners to guarantee an enabling environment for reaching and assisting all those children most in need, in a timely manner, with sufficient and quality services.
UNICEF is calling upon the international community to step up urgently its funding to help us in providing protection, education and a healthy life for the most vulnerable boys and girls.
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