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Confict-related trauma: the devastating effect of war on South Sudan's refugee children

By Carey Lodge Friday 21, Jul, 2017

More than 150,000 child refugees in mass settlements in northern Uganda require therapy after fleeing violence in neighbouring South Sudan, experts say.

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Confict-related trauma: the devastating effect of war on South Sudan's refugee children

Friday 21, Jul, 2017

More than 150,000 child refugees in mass settlements in northern Uganda require therapy after fleeing violence in neighbouring South Sudan, experts say.

“Long road ahead” for Mosul’s children after city re-taken from ISIL

Wednesday 12, Jul, 2017

Children’s lives have been shattered after years of ISIL control in Mosul – and many will need time to heal from untold violence, World Vision warns today.

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Millions still at risk of starvation in South Sudan, despite end of famine

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International children’s charity World Vision has warned that more people than ever are at risk of starvation in South Sudan, even though the war-torn country is no longer classifi…

World Vision fears for the safety of children trapped in Mosul

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