South Sudan Crisis: Over 1Million Children Displaced

South Sudan Crisis: Over 1Million Children Displaced

The United Nations (UN) has said that more than one million children have escaped from South Sudan because of the never-ending civil conflict since a split between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar.

In a joint press statement, the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, and refugee agency, UNHCR, stated that children make up 62 percent of the 1.8 million people who have fled South Sudan for refugee camps in neighbouring Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda since the civil war began in 2013.

“No refugee crisis today worries me more than South Sudan,” said Valentin Tapsoba, Africa director for UNHCR.

“The future of a generation is truly on the brink,” said UNICEF’s Leila Pakkala.

“The horrifying fact that nearly one in five children in South Sudan has been forced to flee their home illustrates how devastating this conflict has been for the country’s most vulnerable,” she noted.

According to Al-jazeera, about 100,000 people in South Sudan are facing a famine and a million are on the brink of famine.

The UN announcements came on the same day that a monitoring group warned a third South Sudanese county is at risk of famine.

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network said starvation is likely to occur in Koch county.

Famine already has been declared in the counties of Leer and Mayendit, with a million people said to be at risk.


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