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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.

Nearly two-thirds of the population in South Sudan at risk of rising hunger

A mother feeds a therapeutic formula to her nine-month-old son.


More than 7 million people in South Sudan could become severely food insecure in the coming months without sustained humanitarian assistance and access, three United Nations agencies warned today.

If this happens, this will be the highest ever number of food insecure people in South Sudan. The period of greatest risk will be the lean season, between May and July. Particularly at risk are 155,000 people, including 29,000 children, who could suffer from the most extreme levels of hunger.

In South Sudan, saving children by preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV

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29-year old Jeshinta John’s lips tremble as she tries to control her tears and her anger. “He knew he had the disease and still made me pregnant. He comes home every six months and stays with his other wives in Juba the rest of the time. When he’s away he never gives us money.”

Medical support, counselling and awareness campaigns are bringing together women affected with HIV and helping them start their lives afresh.

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