Over 1 million children have fled South Sudan, say UN agencies
May 09,2017 By:Xinhua
UNITED NATIONS, May 9, 2017 -- UN agencies said Monday that more than 1 million children have fled South Sudan to escape the conflict.
Leila Pakkala, Regional Director of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) for Eastern and Southern Africa, said that "the horrifying fact that nearly one in five children in South Sudan has been forced to flee their home illustrates how devastating this conflict has been for the country's most vulnerable."
Children make up 62 percent of more than 1.8 million refugees from South Sudan, she added.
Valentin Tapsoba, Africa Bureau Director of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), called for urgent, committed and sustainable support so as to save their lives.
The UN Mission in South Sudan reported Sunday that peacekeeping troops have been urgently deployed to Aburoc in the Upper Nile region to help enable the delivery of much needed humanitarian assistance, said Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, at the daily news briefing.