About 300 children rescued from an orphanage in the capital of Sudan

Khartoum, Sudan/Photo: Jack Maguire / Alamy / Profimedia

About 300 children of various ages have been rescued from an orphanage in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, where they were stranded as fighting between warring parties raged in the city, humanitarian organizations said today.

The children were evacuated because since mid-April 71 children died of hunger and disease in that institution.

The Al Maykom orphanage tragedy made headlines last month as fighting raged between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary group.

The children's suffering warned of the heavy toll suffered by civilians since mid-April, when fighting broke out between forces loyal to General Abdel-Fattah Burhan and RSF forces led by General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo.

"Around 300 children from the Al-Maykom orphanage have been transferred to a safer location in that country," UNICEF spokesman Ricardo Pires said.

He added that the Sudanese Ministries of Social Development and Health took care of the children, while UNICEF provided humanitarian support including medical aid, food, educational activities and games.

The International Committee of the Red Cross, which helped with the evacuation, said the children, aged between one and 15, were transferred as a safe corridor was secured in Madani, the capital of Jazira province, about 135 kilometers southeast of Khartoum. 70 people who will take care of the children have also been transferred.

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