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UNICEF expresses deep concern at reports of child casualties in attacks on North Darfur villages


KHARTOUM, May 2008 - UNICEF is deeply concerned at reports that a number of children have been killed during attacks on two villages of North Darfur, in the west of Sudan, and calls on the Government forces and the other parties to the ongoing conflict to take every necessary action to prevent future deaths or injuries amongst children.

According to information received by the UN, several children were reported as killed on Sunday as they were leaving their school at the time of the attack.

UNICEF reminds all parties to the conflict in Darfur that under international conventions, children are to be afforded special protection during military operations and urges that every effort must be made to ensure that schools, health centers and other such humanitarian facilities are considered as zones of peace.

The conflict in Darfur has taken a high toll upon children. UNICEF estimates that half of the conflict-affected population in Darfur are children including at least one million who have been displaced by fighting.


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