“Children’s emergency” at core of South Sudan refugee crisis

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A young South Sudanese refugee cooks food at a camp in northern Uganda Photo: UNHCR/Will Swanson

Around 1,000 South Sudanese are fleeing across the border into Uganda each day in what the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is describing as a "children's emergency."

Since fighting between rival factions loyal to the President and former first Vice President erupted in early July, around 100,000 civilians have sought safety in Uganda.

The UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi has been visiting refugee camps this week to see conditions there for himself.

UNHCR communications officer Charles Yaxley, told Sani Martin that they had been hearing "horrific stories" of sexual violence and young boys being forcibly recruited into armed groups.

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