Sudan and South Sudan fighting risks children being sucked into conflict
Save the Children says displaced children are at risk of harm and could be sucked into the conflict as child soldiers
Children face increasing risk of death, injury and recruitment by armed groups in an upsurge of fighting between Sudan and South Sudan that has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, a charity said on Friday.
Save the Children said up to 60% of the displaced are children, who may again be sucked into the conflict as they were during the two decades of civil wars, when they were recruited as child soldiers. The dangers posed to children were highlighted last Saturday, when five children – all boys aged between nine and 14 – were injured by unexploded ordnance in the South Sudanese border town of Bentiu, which blew up as they were handling it.
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