“Tragic milestone”: 1 in 5 South Sudanese children now refugees


A young South Sudanese refugee looks out of a truck before being transported to the Imvepi settlement at the Imvepi Reception Centre, Arua District, in northern Uganda. Photo: UNHCR/David Azia
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  • South Sudan’s intensifying humanitarian crisis now means that a “tragic milestone” has been reached, with more than a million children forced to flee the country.

    UNICEF‘s Chief of Communication in South Sudan, Tim Irwin, said it represented a “generation on the brink of catastrophe”.

    Monday’s joint statement from the UN Children’s Fund, and the Refugee Agency UNHCR, says an estimated 5.5 million face serious hunger, and famine has already been declared in some parts of the country

    South Sudan has been convulsed by conflict since 2013, when forces loyal to the president began fighting with troops loyal to his sacked deputy.

    Mr Irwin spoke to Matthew Wells on the line from Juba.

    A young South Sudanese refugee looks out of a truck before being transported to the Imvepi settlement at the Imvepi Reception Centre, Arua District, in northern Uganda. Photo: UNHCR/David Azia
    A young South Sudanese refugee looks out of a truck before being transported to the Imvepi settlement at the Imvepi Reception Centre, Arua District, in northern Uganda. Photo: UNHCR/David Azia
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