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15,000 children without parents or missing, five years after outbreak of fighting in South Sudan

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JUBA, 13 December 2018 – Fifteen thousand children remain separated from their families or missing, five years after conflict first broke out in South Sudan.

 
More than four million people have been uprooted by the fighting, the majority of them children. Since the conflict began UNICEF and partners have reunited close to 6,000 children with their parents or care givers.

“Ebola will kill more people than guns”

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“Ebola kills you know, and no one knows that better than me,” says Dominic Sarawasi with conviction. His close contact with the deadly disease has not turned him into a beaten man, rather a determined one.

 
His nightmare started on a normal day at the hospital in Yambio, in the south west of the country, in 2004. A patient from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was admitted for routine hernia surgery and Dominic was his nurse.

 
“The patient started having diarrhoea and we had to postpone the surgery. Then he came down with a high fever and started vomiting. I cared for him to the best knowledge, but we had no idea it could be Ebola.”

Crisis in South Sudan

A young man collects water from a water pipe built by UNICEF

Four years into the conflict in South Sudan, more than half of the nation's children are affected.

These children are facing famine, disease, forced recruitment and lack of access to schooling—vulnerabilities that are compounded by the worsening economic conditions and limited access to food and fuel.

Nearly 4 million people are displaced, including 2 million people seeking refuge in neighboring countries.

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