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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.

“I didn't know if he was alive”: Former child soldier reunited with family in South Sudan

UNICEF photo

The boy* felt almost safe. His uniform of the last three years had been replaced by jeans and a bright orange football shirt. He stepped off the helicopter and took in the commotion at the airstrip, overwhelmed.

The boy was rescued by aid workers from a military outpost last year, and was placed in the care of UNICEF protection officer Franka David. The search for his family then began.

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