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Crisis in South Sudan

A young child sucks on a package of PlumpyNut

Renewed conflict has deepened the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, with women and children facing immediate risks of violence, displacement, hunger and life-threatening diseases. These risks are exacerbated by the rapidly deteriorating economic situation, with inflation above 800 per cent.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore following two-day visit to conflict-ravaged South Sudan

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore speaks with a young woman, Judjok



“I have just spent two days in South Sudan where I saw firsthand how four years of conflict have left children sick, hungry and on the brink of death.

“The impact of the relentless violence has been devastating. I met a mother who had to walk for days to get treatment for her malnourished baby. I spoke with a young boy who was forced to join an armed group at the age of 10. I also met two siblings who were separated from their parents when fighting broke out in their town, Bentiu, in 2014.

In South Sudan, registering a birth, providing an identity

One-day-old Aloch Valentino and her mother


UNICEF has launched a new pilot program to help provide children in the world’s youngest country with the documents they need to prove their nationality. The births of more than 100,000 newborns have now been registered in two of South Sudan’s 10 states.

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