Thousand children killed in Sudanese conflict

Sudanese conflictFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) -MORE than 1 000 children have been killed in the raging civil war in South Sudan. Over 1 million youngsters have been displaced.
A majority of the displaced children are now refugees in Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda, having arrived unaccompanied or separated from their families.
More than 75 000 refugee children in have crossed the borders to these countries, which are also not exempt from conflict and drought.
Refugee families fleeing to neighbouring countries face a double catastrophe this rainy season, with children most at risk from the health and protection risks associated with inadequate shelter.
Since the conflict began in 2013, nearly three quarters of the country’s children are out of school. It is the highest proportion of out-of-school children in the world.
“No refugee crisis today worries me more than South Sudan,” said Valentin Tapsoba, United Nations High commissioner for Refugees’ Africa Bureau Director.
That refugee children are becoming the defining face of this emergency is incredibly troubling, Tapsoba said.
“We, all in the humanitarian community, need most urgent, committed and sustainable support to be able to save their lives.”
The UN refugee agency said the trauma, physical upheaval, fear and stress experienced by so many children accounted for just part of toll the crisis is exacting.
Children remain at risk of recruitment by armed forces and groups and, with traditional social structures damaged.
They are also increasingly vulnerable to violence, sexual abuse and exploitation.
UN requires US$181 million (R2,4 billion) to address the acute needs of refugees until the end of the year. It has only secured half the amount.
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