Catherine Russell, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said in a written statement on the subject that, as in every conflict, children are among the most affected, and every effort should be made to protect them.
Calling on all parties to fulfill their obligations under international humanitarian law and ensure the safety of children, Russell said: “The situation in Sudan is dire and children are paying the price with their lives. The conflict must stop for children.” used the phrases.
Russell underlined that the parties must stop attacks on medical facilities, schools, water and sanitation facilities and other infrastructures.
Noting that UNICEF’s facilities in Sudan were damaged and its resources were plundered, Russell noted that this situation had a serious negative impact on aid efforts.
“UNICEF also calls for a long-term political solution to the crisis so that children in Sudan can grow up in peace and look to the future with hope,” Russell said. used the phrase.
Clashes between the army and the HDK in Sudan
The disagreement over the last few months over the “military security reform”, which envisaged the full participation of the HDK in Sudan, which was established in 2013 to support the government forces against the armed rebels in the Darfur region, turned into a hot conflict since the morning of April 15.
The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that the Sovereignty Council Chairman and Army Commander General Abdulfettah al-Burhan had decided to dissolve the HDK, which clashed with the army, and to declare it a “rebel force against the state”.
Sudan’s Ministry of Health announced that the number of people who lost their lives in the clashes between the army and the HDK that started on April 15 increased to 550 and the number of injured to 4,926.