“New level of brutality” leaves 129 children dead in South Sudan

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Fighting has displaced more than two million people since the start of the year. Photo: UN Photo/Hailemichael Gebrekrstos

Horrific details have emerged of three weeks of violence in South Sudan that's left 129 children dead, UN humanitarian experts said Thursday.

Children's agency UNICEF said all of the victims were from Unity State and were killed in May.

Daniel Johnson has more.

Gruesome details of violence against youngsters including girls as young as eight have emerged which have left 129 children dead in South Sudan's Unity State.

UN children's agency UNICEF now says abuses against boys and girls across the war-torn country have reached a "new level of brutality".

In a statement UNICEF chief Anthony Lake said children in northern Unity state had been thrown into burning buildings, raped and castrated.

He called for an end to the "unspeakable" violence "in the name of humanity".

The development comes amid an escalation of fighting in the African nation, which first erupted in late 2013.

Civilians have been terrorized and forced to flee for their lives in Greater Upper Nile region, according to the UN.

This has caused a humanitarian crisis that's left an estimated 4.6 million people food insecure and more than two million displaced.

The past month has also seen attacks on UN bases where more than 140,000 people are sheltering.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva

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