Three children walk through a spontaneous camp for internally displaced persons at the United Nations Mission to South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Juba, Jan. 9, 2014. Photo Credit: Agence France-Presse
A record 4.5 million children, or two out of three, in South Sudan are in desperate need of humanitarian support, said the UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) on Tuesday, ahead of the 10th anniversary of the country’s independence.
Hopes that independence from Sudan would bring a new dawn for the country’s children have faded.
Bouts of violence and conflict, recurring floods, droughts and other extreme weather events fuelled by climate change, and a deepening economic crisis have led to extremely high food insecurity, and one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, said Unicef in a press release.