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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.

For third time this year, hundreds of children released by armed groups in South Sudan - UNICEF

On 17 May 2018 in Pibor, South Sudan, 210 children were formally released from armed groups. During the release ceremony, the children were formally disarmed and provided with civilian clothes.

 

 
  
PIBOR, South Sudan, 18 May 2018 – More than 200 children were released by armed groups in South Sudan on Thursday.

 
It was the third such ceremony to take place since the beginning of the year and brings the total number of children released in 2018 to 806. Additional releases are expected in the coming months that could result in more than 1,000 children being freed.
 

“Many fathers are missing out”

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Daro Momo lifts his daughter Opia Mirabelle, and starts spinning her around in the middle of the living room. The one and a half-year-old squeals of excitement. Daro wrap his arms around his little girl. Their eyes meet, they both crack a smile.

 
“You know, she is more used to me now. Even if her mom is in the room she comes running to me”, Daro says looking at his daughter with a gaze beaming of love.

 
Daro is something you will struggle to come across in South Sudan. He is the primary caretaker in the household.
 

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