Over 1,200 Children Have Died in the Past 5 Months in Conflict-Wrecked Sudan, UN Says
CAIRO (AP) More than 1,200 children under age 5 have died in nine camps in war-scarred Sudan in the past five months because of a deadly combination of measles and malnutrition, the U.N.s refugee agency said Tuesday.
The UNHCR said the deaths, between May 15 and Sept. 14, were documented by its teams in the While Nile province, where thousands of Sudanese have sheltered as fighting has raged for six months between rival generals, in the capital of Khartoum and elsewhere.
Dozens of children are dying every day a result of this devastating conflict and a lack of global attention, said the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.
Sudan plunged into chaos in mid-April, when simmering tensions between the military, led by Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, and the powerful paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, commanded by Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, exploded into open warfare.