In South Sudan, “childhood under attack” as country enters fifth year of fighting

JUBA/NAIROBI, December 15 2017 – South Sudan is in the throes of a tragedy for children that affects more than half the child population – victims of malnutrition, disease, forced recruitment, violence and the loss of schooling – UNICEF said in a report released today.  Years of insecurity and upheaval have had a “staggering impact on children”, threatening an entire generation, the report, Childhood under Attack, says.  The numbers tell a grim story that almost three million children are severely food insecure and more than one million are acutely malnourished 2.4 million have been forced from their homes, two million children out of school, and if the current situation persists, only one in 13 children are likely to finish primary school.An estimated 900,000 children suffer from psychological distress.Also more than 19,000 children have been recruited in the ranks of armed forces and armed groups and more than 2,300 children have […]

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Aid Agencies in South Sudan appeal for $1.72 billion to assist 6 million people amidst rising needs

By Daniel Deng Bol (Juba, 13 December 2017):The humanitarian community in South Sudan has today launched an appeal for US$1.72 billion to provide critical and life-saving assistance to 6 million people affected by conflict, displacement, hunger and a deteriorating economy. Speaking at launch of the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan Tuesday, the Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou said: “There is growing need for humanitarian assistance with displacement, food insecurity, malnutrition, violence and economic decline taking a toll on the health, safety and livelihoods of people in need,”. Today, we are calling for US$1.72 billion to continue providing life-saving assistance and protection for 6 million people most in need in South Sudan.” Mr. Noudéhou emphasized the centrality of protection of vulnerable groups, especially women and children, in the response plan. Since the conflict in began in December 2013, about 4 million people have been forced to flee their homes, including […]

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