2 million South Sudanese children flee war, famine
KIGALI: War and famine have forced more than two million children in South Sudan to flee their homes, creating the most worrying refugee crisis in the world, the United Nations said on Monday.
The civil war in the oil-producing country began two years after it won independence from neighbouring Sudan, when President Salva Kiir fired his deputy in 2013.
The fighting that followed split the country along ethnic lines, spurred hyperinflation and plunged parts of the nation into famine, creating Africa’s biggest refugee crisis since the Rwandan genocide in 1994.
“No refugee crisis today worries me more than South Sudan,” Valentin Tapsoba, the Africa chief for United Nations High Commission For Refugees (UNHCR), said in a statement.
In a country of 12 million people, nearly three in every four children do not go to school, UNHCR and the UN children’s agency, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, said.
More than one million children have fled outside South Sudan while another one million are internally displaced.
The agencies said more than a thousand children have been killed in the fighting. The true figure may be much higher since