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

More than 150,000 child refugees in mass settlements in northern Uganda require therapy after fleeing violence in neighbouring South Sudan, experts say.
they need to recover from the horrors of the South Sudan conflict. We’ve only scratched the surface of the

East Africa Crisis Update

Tens of thousands of children could starve to death as famine, food and water shortages affect 22 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia.
more about our continuing relief work on our South Sudan conflict page. Ethiopia

Emmanuel, the 11-year-old South Sudan presidential hopeful

11-year-old Emmanuel wants to be the president of South Sudan. The reason, he tells me, is “to bring peace to my country.”

Mary's night of fear turns to peace | A child’s story from South Sudan to Ugandan refugee camp

Mary tells her courageous story of fleeing South Sudan’s violent conflict. And how World Vision’s helping her to have hope for the future.

Share my life: two brothers from South Sudan

Recently we met with two brothers from South Sudan; ten-year-old Choul and eight-year-old Rewgok. After fleeing the Unity State and seeking refuge in Juba, all the brothers want is for their parents to join them, and for their safety to be guaranteed.

South Sudan: World Vision calls for protection of children as tens of thousands displaced by intense fighting

The fighting that erupted in South Sudan over the past five days has displaced an estimated 36,000 people, many of them are children.

Statement in response to the escalating violence in South Sudan

Heavy fighting is rocking the capital, Juba, following a flare-up in escalating violence that coincided with world's newest nation marking its fifth year of independence.

Five Voices | Perspectives from South Sudan

Yesterday, on July 9, Juba’s hot and dusty roads were filled with people from across the country commemorating five years since South Sudan declared its independence. We took some time beforehand to speak to children and parents about how the last few years have shaped the country and the lives of its people...

"In South Sudan, we help keep children alive" | Life in a camp in South Sudan

South Sudan marks its 5th anniversary of independence today, on 9 July. However, the young nation faces many challenges and fresh fighting erupted in and around the capital in the past days. Children continue to suffer the most, as many have lost family members over the years and have fled their homes.

South Sudan’s independence anniversary marred by fresh fighting

World Vision staff are hunkered down in the Juba headquarters following an outbreak of armed fighting within the capital. At one stage shooting took place in the streets outside the World Vision compound.

South Sudan urged to hold onto peace or risk losing another generation to war

As South Sudan’s opposition leader Riek Machar returns to country’s capital Juba for the first time since a civil war erupted more than two years ago, World Vision has warned that the country risks losing another generation of children to war, unless the country holds onto the latest opportunity to have peace.

Fleeing fire in Malakal: Aban's story

On 9 July 2011 South Sudan gained independence after a long period of upset and turbulence, and families were looking forward to a return to peace. Barely two years later in December 2013 however, thousands fled their homes as sectarian violence spread, and spent the first of many Christmas’ on the run. For some, the violence has even followed them to the camps where they sought refuge; on 18 February 2016, 70% of the UN Protection of Civilians site in Malakal burnt to the ground. In this blog, we share the story of 13-year-old Aban, who had been living in Malakal since 2013.

Raising voices in Westminster: preventing sexual violence in conflict, and stigma for survivors

Public Affairs and Advocacy officer Rob Henderson writes ahead of the House of Lords committee publication on preventing sexual violence in conflict later today. Rob's team have been working with the committee to present evidence and raise the voices of the survivors we work with. If survivors of sexual violence in conflict face stigma, which they almost always do, this hinders their recovery and often means that those responsible are not held accountable. Children should not have to fear attacks, and if the worst does happen, they should be able to access justice without facing stigma.

A child's nightmare, a nation's heartache: Children growing up fast in South Sudan

When her parents were killed, Achol suddenly found herself solely responsible for her younger siblings. Despite being just a child herself, Achol’s new role as sole caregiver is typical for many children who’s lives have been changed forever by the conflict in South Sudan. Having now fled the fighting, Achol tells us about the hardship of daily life in a camp for displaced people, and the constant struggle to provide for her young family.

Aid agencies urgently responding to unprecedented conflict at UN Protection of Civilians site

Tens of thousands of South Sudanese are living in dire conditions and extreme fear after destruction of most of a UN Protection of Civilian (POC)

Finding Peace

Children have a way of finding their own peace and, almost every day for the last two years, brothers Phouch and Liev have found theirs on the football pitch. But no amount of football can change the fact that they live in circumstances that no children should have to endure. Two years since arriving at the UN protected camp in South Sudan, we find out how they’ve coped.

The untold story

Melany Markham reflects on the difficulties faced by communicators working in South Sudan, when trying to tell the story of thousands of children facing a humanitarian catastrophe. From constraints on taking photographs, to tackling the huge distances between camps, the challenges are numerous but mask an important story that needs to be told.

One good thing

World Vision Communicator Melany Markham tells us the story of Nyahok – an eleven-year old girl, who currently lives in a camp in South Sudan. Unlike 85% of girls across the country, Nyahok goes to school and her education will set her apart in a country where only one in six women can read and write.

South Sudan: Deal Just Start of Long Road to Peace

World Vision and other agencies say new peace deal is only the beginning of a long journey towards peace and reconciliation.

A day in the life of a humanitarian

Humanitarian Worker Ngure Muriithi shares his day with us for World Humanitarian Day. He visits POC3 - the largest camp in Juba, South Sudan to see how World Vision's food vouchers are helping families.