Armed youths lead killings in South Sudan, says UNICEF

Dozens of children have been killed in the latest escalation of violence in South Sudan’s oil-rich Unity state, the UN agency says. Photo: UNICEF

Children have been raped, abducted and killed amid escalating conflict in South Sudan as warring groups try to make ground ahead of the rainy season, UNICEF said Tuesday.

The UN children's agency says survivors have been forced to flee armed groups in Unity State and seek shelter in camps or hide in swamp land.

The violence is reportedly ongoing and comes despite discussions with all armed groups to respect the rights of civilians, as Daniel Johnson reports from Geneva.

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