UN Alarmed Over Child Safety In Recent Bombardments
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy is alarmed by the recent clashes in the areas bordering Sudan and South Sudan taking a heavy toll on children.
Radhika Coomaraswamy recently addressing the media in Juba [File Photo]
By Lopu Moses
JUBA, 26th April 2012 [Gurtong]
“Two 14-year old boys were killed and injured during aerial bombardments on a market in Rubkona, Unity State,” Radhika Coomaraswamy said.“Air raids in heavily populated areas killing and maiming children are grave breaches of international humanitarian law. I call on the Sudanese Armed Forces to immediately stop these indiscriminate attacks.”
This came in a press release sent to Gurtong yesterday afternoon where Coomaraswamy expressed deep concerns over the children in Unity State who are experiencing bombardments.
Tensions between Sudan and South Sudan intensified in the last few weeks after South Sudan announced that it had taken over the disputed Heglig oilfield on 10th April.
“Sudan and South Sudan should both refrain from further confrontation in an effort to spare innocent civilians from further suffering,” she said.
At least children and women in Unity State have been reported as victims of the crisis in the current border conflicts.
Many countries including the United Nations and the African Union have called on Sudan to immediately stop its bombardment on South Sudan and the two countries should cease hostilities.
There are currently no comments, be the first to post one.