UN / SUDAN CHILDREN

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UNICEF reported that at least two million children have been forced from their homes since the hostilities erupted four months ago in Sudan, a UN spokesperson said. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 24 AUGUST 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

24 AUGUST 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson Florencia Soto Nino-Martinez at the podium
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Florencia Soto Nino-Martinez, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The UN Children’s Fund reports on the impact of the conflict, it says that at least two million children have been forced from their homes since the hostilities erupted four months ago – an average of more than 700 children newly-displaced every hour. That is a terrifying number. And according to UNICEF sources, all states in Sudan are reporting severe shortage and stockout of medicines and supplies, including life-saving items. In areas with high internal displacement and where health systems are stretched - such as the Blue and White Nile States - disease outbreaks, including measles, are resurfacing with reported associated deaths. In addition, it is estimated that 20.3 million people in Sudan will be food insecure between July and September this year - at least half of them are children. Since the beginning of the crisis, UNICEF has been providing health, nutrition, water, sanitation, hygiene, education, and protection services to over 4 million children, mothers, and families across Sudan, and the Agency continues to call on all parties involved in the conflict to prioritize the safety and well-being of children.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. Wide shot, Soto Nino-Martinez walks away

STORYLINE:

UNICEF today (24 Aug) reported that at least two million children have been forced from their homes since the hostilities erupted four months ago in Sudan, a UN spokesperson said.

The spokesperson, Florencia Soto Nino-Martinez, told reporters in New York that this represents “an average of more than 700 children newly-displaced every hour,” which she said is “a terrifying number.”

According to UNICEF, Soto Nino-Martinez continued, “all states in Sudan are reporting severe shortage and stockout of medicines and supplies, including life-saving items,” and “in areas with high internal displacement and where health systems are stretched - such as the Blue and White Nile States - disease outbreaks, including measles, are resurfacing with reported associated deaths.”

In addition, she said, “it is estimated that 20.3 million people in Sudan will be food insecure between July and September this year - at least half of them are children.”

Since the beginning of the crisis, UNICEF has been providing health, nutrition, water, sanitation, hygiene, education, and protection services to over 4 million children, mothers, and families across Sudan, and the Agency continues to call on all parties involved in the conflict to prioritize the safety and well-being of children.
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