Help children find safety and support

With your donation we can help protect children from becoming casualties and reach them with essentials like food, water, emergency items and medical treatment.

Our teams in Sudan and surrounding countries are ready to provide psycho-social support and safe spaces for children – especially girls and young women, who are most at risk in crises.

We are scaling up our humanitarian operations both in Sudan and in neighbouring countries, including Chad, CAR, South Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia.

“Though Sudan is a country that has experienced years of strife… it hasn’t been like this. We heard horrific stories of civilians killed in the crossfire.”

“There is no end in sight, but anything you can offer will make a difference. Nothing is too little. Let’s keep pushing to keep the Sudanese people at the front and centre.”

Mwape Mulumbi, Country Director, Plan International Sudan.

Girls vulnerable to abuse and trafficking

The protection and safety of children on the move must be a top priority. Plan International is particularly concerned about the protection and safety of separated or unaccompanied children, especially girls and young women, who are more vulnerable to abuse and trafficking.

Major disruption of critical services, including health care and water supplies, is placing children and their families’ lives at risk.

20-year-old Shadia from Sudan.

Concerns about safety of girls and children

Families are being separated by private contractors offering transport out of Sudan, raising concerns about the safety of children and girls as violence in Sudan escalates.

A growing number of refugees, returnees and third country nationals continue to cross into neighbouring countries – South Sudan, CAR, Ethiopia, Egypt and Chad – with families using buses and trucks and paying hefty fees to cross borders.

Plan International is concerned that the high cost will increase risks of exploitation and abuse of children, girls, and women.

“Within 48 hours, Chad received 30,000 new refugees, among whom 19% are children with specific needs and some new arrivals who have taken shelter in open areas or trees are experiencing mid-40° C temperatures posing serious health risks, especially to women, children, and older people.”

Christine Karumba, Interim Country Director, Chad
Nutrition programming in Sudan.

Calls to respect humanitarian law

For families still in Sudan, unable to escape from the conflict, there have been severe challenges providing humanitarian support as fighting escalates. Plan International has joined calls for an immediate and permanent cessation of hostilities.

All parties to the conflict must respect International Humanitarian Law, including the protection of civilians and the safety of humanitarian aid workers.

Humanitarian organisations must be allowed to access populations in need and attacks against them are completely unacceptable.

To support the most vulnerable children affected by this emergency and to respond to the specific needs of girls and young women, find your donation office