GENEVA (Reportase One) – The World Health Organization (WHO) says that 413 people died during military fighting in Sudan.
According to data from the Sudanese government, as many as 413 people died and 3,551 people were injured, said WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris at a United Nations (UN) press conference on Friday (21/4).
Meanwhile, the UN children’s agency (UNICEF) said at least nine children were reported killed in fighting in Sudan, and more than 50 children were seriously injured.
Margaret further said that there had been 11 attacks on health facilities, including 10 attacks since April 15, 2023.
“According to the Ministry of Health in Sudan, the number of health facilities that have stopped operating is 20. And according to Ministry of Health figures, the number of health facilities that are at risk of stopping is 12,” said Harris.
This situation, he said, not only affected the victims of the battle, but also other people who needed health services.
In the same press conference, UNICEF Spokesman James Elder voiced his concern for children who have to pay a heavy price for this deadly battle with many child victims.
“We now have reports of at least nine children killed and at least 50 injured. The number will continue to rise as the fighting continues,” he said.
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Elder said many people in Sudan are trapped and do not have access to electricity.
“They are afraid of running out of food, water and medicine. One of our serious concerns is about hospitals being attacked,” he said.
Elder further explained that before the latest military conflict occurred, Sudan was already one of the countries with the highest rates of child malnutrition in the world.
“And we are now facing a situation where critical life-saving support for some 50,000 children is at risk,” he said.
The fighting also poses risks to the “cold chain” in Sudan, including over $40 million worth of vaccines and insulin due to power outages and the inability to refill generators with fuel.
UNICEF has also received reports of children taking shelter in schools and treatment centers while fighting raged around them, and children’s hospitals being forced to evacuate as gunfire drew closer.
Elder said that before the escalation in violence in Sudan, the humanitarian needs for the country’s children were high, with an estimated three-quarters of children living in extreme poverty.
At the same time, 11.5 million children and community members are in need of emergency water and sanitation services, 7 million children are out of school, and more than 600,000 children suffer from severe acute malnutrition.
Fighting erupted on 15 April 2023 between the Sudanese army (SAF) and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in and around the capital Khartoum.
Sudan has not had a functioning government since October 2021, when the military dissolved Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s transitional government and declared a state of emergency in a move political forces dubbed a coup.
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Translator: Yashinta Difa Pramudyani
Editor: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga
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