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Student suicide in Zamzam, North Darfur

July 23 - 2015 ZAMZAM CAMP
Students get into new classroom built by Unamid at the Secondary School for Boys in Um Baro, North Darfur (Albert González Farran/Unamid)
Students get into new classroom built by Unamid at the Secondary School for Boys in Um Baro, North Darfur (Albert González Farran/Unamid)

A 17-year-old student of Zamzam camp for the displaced in North Darfur hanged himself on Monday.

An activist told Radio Dabanga from Zamzam that Mohamed Abdallah Taher was found dead, hanging at a tree nearby the camp.

“A fierce dispute with his mother probably led to this sad deed,” he said. He pointed out that the prolonged war in the region has had a negative effect on children's behaviour.

He also called on “the parents of Darfur to treat their children well, provide a good Islamic education, and respect the Sudanese Children's Act”.

Concerning the Children's Act, lawyer Osman El Ajab explained to Radio Dabanga that though this law, adopted in 2010, ensures the majority of the children’s rights, mechanisms for implementation are lacking.

He referred to the widespread violations of children’s rights: “For example, in most parts of the country, child labour is considered normal. In addition, large numbers of children do not go to school or have dropped out.”

The lawyer demanded the National Council for Child Welfare to “perform their duty with regard tothe children of Sudan and their rights”.


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