UN, Sudan to Continue Action Plan to Protect Children in Conflict Areas



Steps towards the implementation of the Action Plan between Sudan and the United Nations to protect children from violations in armed conflicts will continue, according to The National Council for Child Welfare.

Speaking to the SMC, Suad Abdelal, the Secretary-General of the Council said that the implementation of the provisions of plan has done by 90%, noting of the psychological, health and social support for the children who were released and pardoning them, in addition to the provision of a number of programs and temporary rehabilitation in order to integrate them into their communities By the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission.

She explained that the main purpose of the Plan of Action is to contribute to the overall protection of children affected by conflict in conflict areas, stressing the coordinating role of the Council and its support for children’s issues.

In September 2016 the Government of Sudan released twenty one children associated with armed groups.  These children, who have been in the custody of the government security forces, were captured during fighting between the Government of Sudan and the Justice and Equality Movement in Darfur, in 2015. The Sudanese government move was welcomed by the United Nations.

“It is with great joy that we receive the announcement of the release of these children. This action is a clear result of the Government’s determination towards the protection of children who are affected by conflict in the country. The United Nations would like to take this opportunity to reiterate its full support to the Government in promoting and protecting children’s rights in Sudan, including in areas of armed conflict”, says Ms. Marta Ruedas, the UN Resident Coordinator

The UN had said that this was an important milestone towards the implementation of the Action Plan signed between the United Nations and the Government of Sudan on 27 March 2016. The document aims to contribute to the overall protection of children affected by armed conflict in Sudan and specifically to the protection against and prevention of their recruitment and use, as well as to the release, reintegration and rehabilitation of children.