South Sudan

Over 100 children reunited with parents in Pibor

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The Head of the United Nations Children's Funds (UNICEF) in South Sudan has said that over 100 children have been reunited with their parents in Pibor, Jonglei State.

Many children went missing and some later recollected and kept by the South Sudan Red Cross Society following the Pibor attack in December last year. The attack left scores of people killed, unspecified cattle looted and about 60,000 people displaced and children separated from their parents.

Dr. Yasmine Hark, Head of Unicef in South Sudan said "Many children are still missing and it's very important that we are very clear on who the children are, where they are from and what their age is, boy or girl and identification of parentage and that process has also started in Pibor," she said.

She fears that the number of children looking for the family members might rise and UNICEF is registering such children so that they are easily reunited with their families.

"We have registered about 90 such children and this number is going to be increasing and it's going to be very important for us to use this as a basis to trace children and consulting families find their children and reunite them together. This is something that is going to go on for quite some time," she said.