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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.

Hundreds of children released from armed groups in South Sudan – UNICEF

Backs of two boys arms over each others shoulders


More than 200 children were released by armed groups in South Sudan on Tuesday. This was the second release of children in a series, supported by UNICEF, that will see almost 1,000 children released from the ranks of armed groups in the coming months.

The first release of children took place in Yambio Town in early February, where more than 300 children were released to return to their families, or to UNICEF-supported care centres.

Enabling access to safe drinking water pulls entire villages out of distress

UNICEF photo


Simple, yet robust, mechanisms for drinking water distribution are significantly improving the quality of life for the people of Renk, especially the women and children.

Akout Deng displays a bottle with the water she has just collected from the canal. It contains a brown liquid with dirt particles floating throughout. “This is the water we were drinking,” she says. “We had no other choice and our children would fall ill every other day.”

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