"Massive" literacy campaign needed in South Sudan

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A young girl waits outside her home after carrying heavy jars of water at Mina transit site in South Sudan's Upper Nile State. UN Photo/Martine Perre

A "massive" literacy campaign is needed in South Sudan if the country is to develop according to an international NGO working with the UN.

It's thought that 80 per cent of the population cannot read and write.

And an estimated 400,000 children have dropped out of school as a result of the one-year-old conflict in South Sudan.

Peter Walsh is Country Director of Save the Children.

"If you have 80 per cent of the people in South Sudan who cannot read and write, the future is unlikely to be very bright. You need a massive literacy campaign and you need it rolled out for women in particular, men also in every county of this country."

The conflict in South Sudan has forced around two million people to flee their homes.

100,000 have sought shelter at the bases of the UN Mission in the country (UNMISS).

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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