On its 75th anniversary, UNICEF urges collaborative action for children in South Sudan

11 December 2021
Children having a good time
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Juba, South Sudan – UNICEF offices in 190 countries and territories will today commemorate the 75th anniversary of UNICEF’s founding.

This is a proud moment for UNICEF, which was created from the ashes of the Second World War to protect children’s rights

However, our mandate remains the same everywhere, even today.

“Wherever children need us, we are there. We are working as trusted partners with the Government of South Sudan since independence, and we commend them for ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 2015,” said Hamida Lasseko, UNICEF Representative.

We work with multiple partners, including government line ministries to provide lifesaving health, nutrition, education, WASH, and child & social protection services to children and women.

While we celebrate, we must work to safeguard our gains for children which are constantly under threat – from the climate induced hazards, the sub-national and communal violence, and the pervasive insecurity. Since 2020, this has been compounded even further by COVID-19.

These combined factors pushed many into extreme poverty and rendered them unable to feed their children, to send them to school, or to seek basic health care services. This means many more hungry children, increased levels of malnutrition, more children out of school and dying from easily preventable deaths.

This should not be the norm; we cannot allow this to happen on our watch. Now is the time for concerted action.

2.8 million children are out of school and 1.4 million children are suffering from acute malnutrition. Although South Sudan has one of the lowest carbon emissions in the world, it is affected the most with half the country impacted by it and under water.

“In my meetings with senior government officials, I feel very hopeful with the commitments expressed by them. As UNICEF celebrates 75 years of serving children around the world, we want to reimagine a better future for the children of South Sudan,” said Ms. Lasseko.

Let’s work hand in hand with the government and invite local communities and religious and tribal leaders as equal partners in this consortium for children. Let us work together so our children can live without violence and have universal access to basic health care and education!

Media contacts

Robin Giri
Communications Specialist
UNICEF
Tel: +211 92 69 0009
Richard Ruati
Communication Officer
UNICEF South Sudan
Tel: +211 92 13 9578

About UNICEF

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

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