Statement by SRSG Coomaraswamy on the hostilities in the border area between Sudan and South Sudan

New York, 24 April – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict is alarmed by the recent clashes in the areas bordering Sudan and South Sudan taking a heavy toll on children.

“Two 14-years old boys were killed and injured during aerial bombardments on a market in Rubkona, Unity State,” SRSG 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.”

Tensions between the two countries intensified in the last few weeks after South Sudan occupied the Heglig oilfield in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state on 10 April.  

“Sudan and South Sudan should both refrain from further confrontation in an effort to spare innocent civilians from further suffering.”

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Timothy La Rose
Communications Officer,
Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
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Muriel Gschwend
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Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
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