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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.

3 in 4 children born in South Sudan since independence have known nothing but war – UNICEF

UNICEF photo: During the release ceremony in May 2018, 210 children were formally released from armed groups.


NEW YORK/JUBA, 9 July 2018 – Out of 3.4 million babies born in South Sudan since it became the world’s youngest country in 2011, 2.6 million have been born in war, UNICEF said on the eve of South Sudan’s independence.

Conflict and underdevelopment have plagued South Sudan for decades, leaving its children out of school, malnourished and vulnerable to disease, abuse and exploitation. The prospect of a better future following the country’s independence in 2011 was short-lived following the eruption of a civil war in 2013.

Off-grid communities turn to solar power for clean water

UNICEF photo

In countries like South Sudan, access to clean water is crucial for survival in the dry season. In the rainy season, clean water helps keep the community safe from diseases like cholera. A solar-powered water system in Yambio has transformed water access for children and families in the remote town.

By using solar energy, the system pumps treated water from a borehole to different communities, schools and the main health centre.

Now that children have access to safe water close to home, they are not only healthier, but have more time to go to school, play with friends and have a childhood.

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