South Sudan minors in limbo as war escalates

South Sudan minorsfrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – CHILDREN are worst affected by the five-year civil war in South Sudan with thousands separated from their families or recruited by armed groups.

More than 7 000 minors have separated from families as a result of the conflict, which is worsened by hunger in the world’s youngest country.

Children become separated from their caregivers when villages are attacked or they get abducted, abandoned or left behind when adults search for food.

They are now at risk of exploitation and abuse including killing, maiming and sexual violence.

On the seventh birthday of the country, which was celebrated on Monday children’s rights group called for sustained peace, protection and education of the youngsters.

Deirdre Keogh, Country Director for Save the Children in South Sudan, said, children should never be separated from their parents unnecessarily.

“The loneliness and fear that comes with separation is very rarely in their best interest.”

Save the Children and partners have reunited more than 5 600 South Sudanese children with their families since conflict erupted in 2013 and led to high levels of family separation.

The process of reuniting families is extremely complex and costly.

Apart from separation from families, more than 19 000 children are reported to have been recruited by armed groups, although this number is likely to be far higher.

Hundreds of these children have been released this year, including girls recruited, raped and impregnated.

South Sudan was plunged into war after a fallout between its leaders.
– CAJ News

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