Children most affected by conflict in South Sudan

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Boys who have been separated from relatives in Juba. Unaccompanied children are at risk of being trafficked, abused, illegally adopted or taken out of the country. UNICEF

Children have been the worst affected by the violence and displacement in South Sudan, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned, 100 days into the crisis.

Almost one million people have fled their homes across the country, as a result of ongoing political violence.

Aid agencies say that 3.2 million people are currently in need of humanitarian assistance.

UNICEF's Sarah Crowe said that the rainy season will make their job harder.

"Now that we are entering the rainy season, the looming threat of rains, and in fact, just this morning, I heard from my colleagues in Juba, the rains have started, and this is a really big worry because parts of the country become totally impassable and become swamped areas.  Even at the best of times, some of the parts of the country are in fact, swamped areas."  (22″)

Meanwhile, UNICEF and WFP, the World Food Programme,  have begun an air operation using helicopters to deliver relief supplies to one of the most isolated areas of South Sudan.

The aid is being air-dropped to 30,000 people in urgent need in Akobo, in Jonglei state, near the Ethiopian Border.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration: 1’16″

 

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