What's happening in South Sudan?

A number of children have been killed in this week's fighting in South Sudan. Some were caught in an attack on displaced civilians while others were caught in crossfire or died as a result of being recruited by armed groups. 

"Utterly defenceless children were attacked in a place where they should have felt safe," said Jonathan Veitch of UNICEF South Sudan. The conflict in the country has forced over 1 million people to flee their homes and left children in grave danger. Over 3.7 million people, including 740,000 children under five, at high risk of food insecurity. UNICEF has warned that children in South Sudan are on the verge of a nutrition crisis and many will suffer severe acute malnutrition by the end of the year if more is not done now.

How is UNICEF helping?

UNICEF is doing everything it can to deliver food, vaccines, nutrition supplements and other vital relief supplies to children and families affected by the conflict. Our immediate goal is to treat more than 150,000 severely malnourished children under five. Yet there is still a great need for essential supplies and children are more vulnerable than ever to disease and malnutrition. 


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UNICEF is providing emergency care to children and families in South Sudan. © UNICEF
UNICEF is providing emergency care to children and families in South Sudan.© UNICEF