Tribute to Kumar Anuraj Jha, a long-time advocate of children rights on his sudden passing

The Children and Armed Conflict family is profoundly saddened by the loss of a great friend and colleague.

Kumar Anuraj Jha passed away on 30 November in a car accident in Sudan; he was 40 years old.

Anuraj was not only a dedicated and passionate child protection advocate but also a dear friend and colleague, a husband, and a beloved father.

Anuraj began his work on children in armed conflict with the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) as a child protection advisor. There he was instrumental in brokering a successful opening for negotiation of an action plan for the release of hundreds of children associated with the Maoist forces. This agreement and its implementation still stands as a model of how the Security Council’s agenda on children and armed conflict can assist the most vulnerable war-affected children in concrete ways. Anuraj worked for the CAAC Office between 2012 and 2015 going on to join UNICEF Sudan in 2015, where he was working as a Child Protection Specialist.

His contagious enthusiasm was a driving force for his colleagues and his passion for justice pushed him work relentlessly to ensure that all children could get a second chance in life.

Anuraj played a critical role for the children of Sudan by advancing the implementation of the Action Plans on the recruitment and use of children by armed groups and armed forces.

He had recently supported the first ever visit to the country of UN Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict to Sudan

Anuraj is survived by his wife, Jill, and their two amazing and beautiful girls, Anusha (10) and Navya (6).

Though he will be sorely missed, his smile and love of life will live on with us.


A memorial service will be held on 20 December 2017 from 4-5pm at
UNICEF – Danny Kaye Hall:

3 United Nations Plaza
East 44th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
New York, New York

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