South Sudan

Lost children awaiting parents following Jonglei State violence

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The South Sudan Red Cross Society says it is taking care of over 140 orphans and children who were separated from their parents in the recent inter-communal conflict in Pibor and area.

The Director of South Sudan Red Cross in Jonglei State, David Gai, told Radio Miraya that the youngest of the children is a six-month-old baby.

Gai says the baby was found on the back of his mother who had been killed two days earlier.

According to our Radio Miraya reporter in Bor, Samuel Pow, the children between six months and five years of age are yet to be identified as only three of them have been claimed by their parents.

"The children are kept in Pibor Guest house, Red Cross has provided the children with blankets, mosquito nets and World Food Program also provides them with food. Red Cross also provides social counseling like giving the children toys to play with," Pow reported.

The Government estimates there are nearly 100,000 people in Jonglei State in dire need of humanitarian assistance following the recent conflict in Pibor County and Likuangole.