People of South Sudan urged to respect rights of children

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Authorities in South Sudan have been urged to bring peace so that children can resume their lives and continue their studies.

The call has come from Erasmus Migyikra, the Child Protection Officer at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on the occasion of the Day of the African Child on June 16.

Mr. Migyikra said that the conflict which started in December last year in South Sudan has forced thousands of children to live as internally displaced persons or IDPs.

"If you go to all the IDP camps, most especially Bentiu that has over 38,000 IDPs, about 50 per cent are children or minors. It's raining. The children are suffering. They are not having quality of life that they need for their own development. Therefore, I call upon authorities, parents to see that today is a symbolic day that everybody is supposed to take seriously and let's start from a new place." (27")

June 16 was designated by the African Union as the Day of the African child to remember the school children who were killed by the South African police during protests against inferior education which started in Soweto outside Johannesburg in 1976.

The protests spread throughout South Africa and are considered a milestone in the campaign against apartheid.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations

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