As conflict ravages South Sudan, the nation’s children are bearing the brunt of the crisis: separated from their families, hungry and malnourished, not in school, and at risk of abuse and exploitation.
Michael Arunga, World Vision emergency communications advisor for Africa, looks back at the brief history of South Sudan and reflects on how this new nation came to its current situation.
The ghosts that struck Kenya after the 2007 elections are back. This time, they’ve swarmed the world’s newest nation of South Sudan. Worst hit are children. Reports indicate that more than half of the 1.1 million people displaced in-country, and another 386,800 who fled as refugees, are children!
The prognosis of South Sudan is a replica of what transpired in Kenya: killings, sexual violations, burned houses, plundering, refugee camps, and child-led households.