AFRICA/SUDAN - Humanitarian crisis and lack of investment in social sectors affect 70% of children

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Khartoum (Agenzia Fides) - The ongoing conflict in 9 of the 18 States of Sudan continues to aggravate the situation of internally displaced persons and refugees. The phenomenon affects mainly children, in fact 70% of these are children. In more than a hundred locations, there are people who are in need of humanitarian assistance. So far this year, only in the Darfur region, 267 600 new IDPs have arrived who live crammed in makeshift shelters with very limited access or non-existent access to basic services. The crisis in Darfur has been going on for over ten years, which began in 2003, neither the General Peace Agreement of 2005 nor the secession of the South, in 2011, have brought about positive change for a peaceful and united Country. In addition to this serious humanitarian crisis, Sudan is also facing a number of problems arising from a lack of investment in the social sectors, highlighted mainly by malnutrition where about one out of three children suffer from growth retardation which then leads to psychological problems. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 02/07/2014)