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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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Friday 21, Jul, 2017

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