1 million children refugees from South Sudan's civil war

1 million children refugees from South Sudan's civil war

More than 75,000 refugee children in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and DRC have crossed South Sudan's borders either unaccompanied or separated from their families.

UNICEF's Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Leila Pakkala said the future of a generation is horrifying as almost one in five children in South Sudan has been forced to flee his home.

Two UN agencies said today that more than 1 million children have fled South Sudan's civil war, contributing to the world's fastest growing refugee crisis.

"Refugee families fleeing to neighboring countries in search of shelter and safety are facing a double catastrophe this rainy season, with children most at risk from the health and protection risks associated with inadequate shelter", the United Nations agencies said in a joint statement.

As reported by the UNHCR "children make 62% of 1.8 million refugees from South Sudan".

The agencies said more than a thousand children have been killed in the fighting. "That refugee children are becoming the defining face of this emergency is incredibly troubling".

The UN said in a country of 12 million people, almost three in every four children do not go to school.

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network says starvation is likely to occur in Koch county.

- Around 75% of the country's children are not now going to school - the highest proportion of non-attendance in the world.

"Since the first day of this conflict, children have been the ones most devastatingly affected by the violations", added Pakkala.

"The people are hungry and deprived as the result of the starvation".

"There is no food, no medicine and people are dying like birds - nobody cares for their lives".

"Humanitarian access is still likely to remain volatile throughout the outlook period in many areas", the new report warns, citing the spread of conflict since fighting erupted anew in the capital, Juba, in July.

South Sudan is now the world's fastest growing refugee crisis.



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