The United Nations through two of its agencies, the UN children’s fund UNICEF and the refugee agency UNHCR have both revealed in reports that more than two million South Sudanese children have been displaced and forced to flee their homes due to war.
A break down reveals that children make up 62 percent of the more than 1.8 million South Sudanese refugees who have arrived mainly in Uganda, Kenya, even as more than a million children have, meanwhile, been internally displaced.
“No refugee crisis today worries me more than South Sudan,” said Valentin Tapsoba, Africa director for UNHCR.
“That refugee children are becoming the defining face of this emergency is incredibly troubling.”
South Sudan has been riven by a civil conflict since a split between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, escalated in December 2013.
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