KHARTOUM, AUGUST 29 – The Italian government, Sudanese authorities and UNICEF launched the program “Integrated child protection response for abandoned babies and children on the move in Khartoum and Eastern states”. The initiative, financed with one million Euros of the Italian Cooperation, represents another step forward to strengthen child protection system and promote children’s rights.
The project will strenghten mechanisms protecting minors and especially unaccompanied migrant children who are particolare vulnerable to the risks connected with human smuggling. It will also try to improve living conditions for abandoned children with a special attention on children with disabilities in Khartoum, Port Sudan and Tokar, striving for a process of de-istitutionalization of little orphans.
In July UNICEF urgently required $22 million to provide lifesaving response for more than 100,000 children who “continue to bear the brunt of emergencies in Sudan”.
According to Unicef Sudan, as of mid-June its Humanitarian Action for Children programme was funded for 33 percent only, including a mere 14 percent for assistance to the refugees in the country.
The financial deficit was even more painful, as for the past few months the country is facing multiple emergencies with “the rapid spread of suspected cases of acute watery diarrhoea [..], a significant influx of South Sudanese refugees, and high rates of malnutrition, especially in the Jebel Marra area of Central Darfur”.