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Long way back to freedom: Child soldiers in South Sudan
27 January 2015 – After being forced to join an armed group in South Sudan, a boy escapes his life as a combatant, but finds that the freedom of his life before is still far off.

With conflict raging in South Sudan, recruitment of children into armed groups is on the rise
5 May 2014 – UNICEF has received credible reports an estimated 9,000 children have been recruited into armed forces and groups by both sides in the conflict in South Sudan.

Lost and alone: One girl's nightmare amid the violence of South Sudan
2 May 2014 – Nyagonar* still remembers the last time she saw her mother. It was in Malakal, one of many towns in South Sudan where fighting and insecurity have become constant threats.

Amid the chaos of conflict in South Sudan, reuniting separated children with their families
24 March 2014 – So many questions crossed Josephine’s* mind when she heard the gunfire, back in December. “Is the country going back to war? Will my children live the same life I did? What about the safety of my children?”

A girl’s account of her experience with the Lord’s Resistance Army
15 August 2013 - For 18 year-old Esther* (name changed), January 16th 2008 is a day she will never forget. This was the day she was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) from her village in Loka, South Sudan at the tender age of fifteen.

Tetsuko Kuroyanagi meets the first child to benefit from the Totto Chan Center
10 April 2013 - UNICEF’s longest serving Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi also known as Totto Chan recently visited the world’s newest nation two decades following her first visit.

Promoting Peace within Communities: Bishop Emeritus Taban Paride, a true South Sudanese Hero
18 February 2013 - Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban wins the UN Peace Prize in recognition for his efforts in promoting peace in communities in South Sudan.

UNICEF and partners use radio to call for an end to violence against children
1 December 2012 - During the commemoration of the 22nd Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF and and partners made a call for an end to all forms of violence against children in South Sudan.

A role model for girls against Child Marriage in Lakes State, South Sudan
11 October 2012 - “I can’t imagine what my life would be if I had been married, but I refused thanks to the support of my family” said 15 old Mary (name changed to protect identity) from Matanggai Primary School of Rumbek Central County, Lakes State.

Local radio station helps break taboos to stop early marriage in South Sudan
26 July 2012 - The blunt yet ground breaking discussion about the role of girls and women in South Sudanese society is traveling across airwaves from a couple of miles outside Kajo Keji village.

Day of the African Child: Living with disability in South Sudan
16 June 2012 - Meet eight-year old Dominic Simon Laku, a first born in a family of three. Dominic was born without lower limbs. This however does not deter him from living like any other boy his age.

Land mine victim determined to achieve his dream despite losing a leg
17 April 2012 - He dribbles the ball past two opponents and smiles, before passing it to his teammate. To him, disability is not inability and with determination he says one can still achieve his or her future dream.

UN and Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) sign historic agreement to stop child recruitment and release all children from the national army
15 March 2012 – The United Nations and Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) on Monday signed an agreement in which the army renewed its commitment to release all children from its ranks.

'Independence' baby signals the birth of a new nation
15 July 2011 - Only moments earlier, South Sudan had officially become the world’s newest nation. And now the women in the hospital were marking another first – the first baby born after independence. And he, too, would be called Independence.

Challenges ahead to strengthen children’s rights as nation prepares for independence
8 July 2011 - Amidst the thrill of independence, an enormity of challenges confronts South Sudan’s leaders as they attempt to build the infrastructure, skills and institutions needed to improve the situation of children.



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