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16 Dec 2014 description
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• One year after the conflict began, children are still under daily threat in South Sudan. Over 1.9 million people, over half of whom are children, have fled their homes. The health system has been weakened, with outbreaks of polio, cholera and kala-azar reported. 400,000 children have been forced out of school and an increase in grave child rights violations were recorded over past years.

16 Dec 2014 description
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By Jairus Ligoo

An out-of-school girl in South Sudan finds the chance for new opportunity and a new future through a UNICEF-supported vocational training programme.

KAPOETA SOUTH COUNTRY, South Sudan, 15 December 2014 – It’s 7 a.m. on a cool and calm morning, and a young, shy-looking Natabo Gabriel is at the Kapoeta Youth Vocational Training Centre, in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria State. The day has barely begun, but she is certain it is her day and no one can take away her joy.

15 Dec 2014 description
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When the conflict broke out on 15 December last year in South Sudan, shattering two-and-a-half hopeful years of independence for the world’s newest nation, tens of thousands of people fled to the ‘Protection of Civilian’ (POC) site at ‘UN HOUSE’ in Juba. Most were from the Nuer tribe. Overnight, the Nuer people became displaced in their own country, desperate for security. In chaotic and violent scenes, children were killed, and many separated from loved ones.

12 Dec 2014 description
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JUBA/GENEVA, 12 December 2014 – The future for a generation of children in South Sudan is being stolen by the year-long conflict in the country, which has driven hundreds of thousands of children from their homes, schools and communities; subjecting them to violence, malnutrition and disease, the UN Children’s Fund said today.

10 Dec 2014 description
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OpEd – South Sudan

By Ettie Higgins

Rambang “Raymond” Tot Deng was 18 and attending his final year of school when fighting erupted in South Sudan’s capital Juba, one year ago. In the ensuing violence, as Raymond’s schoolbooks burned, thousands of South Sudanese were killed, including two of his cousins. Many fled to UN bases for protection or to neighboring countries. “I saw children killed and women killed and everybody was crying,” Raymond recalls.

08 Dec 2014 description
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NEW YORK/GENEVA, 8 December 2014 – The year 2014 has been one of horror, fear and despair for millions of children, as worsening conflicts across the world saw them exposed to extreme violence and its consequences, forcibly recruited and deliberately targeted by warring groups, UNICEF said today. Yet many crises no longer capture the world’s attention, warned the children’s agency.

03 Dec 2014 description
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• Relative calm provided UNICEF and partners the opportunity to assess and begin an immediate response to the needs of IDPs in Bentiu town. Of 129 children screened for malnutrition, 2.3 per cent were suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and 10.1 per cent from moderate acute malnutrition (MAM). Children identified with malnutrition were referred for treatment.

03 Dec 2014 description
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• The joint Government of Ethiopia and partner’s humanitarian appeal has been released following the completion of joint assessments in the country. The number of relief food beneficiaries has increased to 3.2 million. This is significantly higher than the 2.7 million people projected at the beginning of the year and is mainly due to the poor 2014 belg/gu/ganna seasonal rain performances in the south and south eastern parts of Ethiopia.

25 Nov 2014 description

JUBA, 25 November 2014 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today the start of a new partnership worth US$ 14 million to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services for chronically vulnerable and displaced populations in South Sudan, to help prevent violence toward and provide support services to those affected by gender-based violence.

19 Nov 2014 description
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  • The deteriorating situation in Malakal Protection of Civilian (PoC) site is of great concern with the provision of humanitarian assistance significantly disrupted. Over the past weeks, insecurity has increased, with humanitarian staff threatened and assaulted when delivering services in the PoC, greatly affecting the provision of WASH, education and child protection services in the site.

17 Nov 2014 description
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Kibrom Tesfaselassie

A mother receives help for her malnourished child from a joint UNICEF-WFP Rapid Response Mission, the sole source of food and medical assistance for thousands of South Sudanese affected by continued conflict and food crisis.

BENTIU, South Sudan, 12 November 2014 – In one hand, Nyakuoy cradles her 12-month-old baby boy, Nyepuote, close to her body, and in the other she holds a sachet of ready-to-use therapeutic food. Despite a hesitant start, her son is slowly getting used to the peanut-based paste that could save his life.

13 Nov 2014 description
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  • Sudan remains one of the worst children’s crisis in the world today. 6.9 million people (4.1 million children) are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. 5.7 million people (2.9 Million children) are food insecure. Two million boys and girls are acutely malnourished. Sudan is home to 2.9 million IDPs (482,866 in 2014 of which 289,719 are children), and home to 159,857 refugees (98,347 in 2014 including 69,000 children).

06 Nov 2014 description
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  • The security situation across country is deteriorating, seriously disrupting programme activities. Unity State was the most affected with severe clashes that resulted in humanitarian access to vulnerable populations in Rubkona and Bentiu being drastically reduced.

22 Oct 2014 description
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  • The Social Mobilization Campaign for mass screening of children under 5 for malnutrition in Juba County was officially launched on 14 October, with screening, referral and treatment now currently ongoing. The Social Mobilization Campaign, part of the Joint WFP-UNICEF Nutrition Scale Up, is spearheaded by the State Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF. This campaign aims to screen 590,175 children under 5 years old for malnutrition in Juba County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap States.

15 Oct 2014 description

JUBA, 14 October 2014 – The South Sudan National and State Ministry of Health, Sanitation and Environment, UNICEF and WFP today kicked off a new outreach and a mass-screening campaign to address the nutrition crisis, which UNICEF says is threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.

11 Oct 2014 description
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By Kate Donovan

Forced to flee violence and struggling to feed her three children, a woman in South Sudan is one of thousands to get help from a UNICEF/WFP Rapid Response Mission – and one of millions still trying desperately to survive.

PATHAI, South Sudan, 10 October 2014 – The remoteness of Cuaca’s new home makes it a hard place to raise her three children. There are no roads, markets, hospitals or schools. Two of the four wells in the village are broken, while the population that depends on this water has doubled.