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Children brutally killed in South Sudan fighting: UNICEF

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April 19, 2014 (JUBA) - A number of children were killed in Thursday’s fighting at a United Nations base in South Sudan’s Jonglei state, with many either caught up in the crossfire or died after being recruited by armed groups and forces, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said.

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UNICEF says children continue experience extreme suffering as a result of conflict in South Sudan and remain vulnerable to disease outbreaks (Photo: F. Noy/UNHCR)

The exact number of children killed, it said, was not yet known but they were among the dozens of civilians injured and many killed when gunmen attacked those internally displaced at the UN protection of civilians site in the capital, Bor.

“Utterly defenseless children were attacked in a place where they should have felt safe,” said Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF Representative in South Sudan.

“The trauma for children under such circumstances is indescribable,” he added.

The agency also expressed concerns about children reportedly seen carrying weapons, undergoing military training and others dressed in military uniforms.

UNICEF further stressed that it had credible reports that both sides to the conflict were recruiting children, contrary to existing national and international laws.

Under both international and South Sudanese national law, the forcible or voluntary recruitment or abduction of persons under the age of 18, whether as a member of a regular army or of an informal militia, is prohibited.

In 2013, the UN and the South Sudanese army (SPLA) signed an agreement in which the army renewed its commitment to release all children from its ranks. Since 2003, however, the SPLA had been included on the UN Secretary-General’s list of parties to conflict that reportedly recruit and use children.

“This is fierce, brutal infantry fighting – children must not be instruments of this conflict,” said Veitch.

“We talk of the long term damage done to children who are recruited, but right now the immediate threat is to their life. Those in positions of command and leadership have a duty to keep children out of harm’s way and take all necessary measures to prevent children being part of armed groups and forces," he stressed.

Several boys and girls have reportedly been killed, maimed, raped, orphaned and made homeless since the fighting broke out in the South Sudan in December 2013.

Over 10,000 people are believed to have died and more than one million have been displaced by the conflict in South Sudan. An additional nearly 300,000 have been displaced into neighbouring Uganda, Kenya, Sudan and Ethiopia.

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  • 20 April 2014 08:31, by Jalaby
    • 20 April 2014 08:42, by Jalaby

      Oh my Goodness,every time when I see these kids pictures my heart does go on and will go on and on!
      Bashir is absolutely right,S Sudan separation brought huge devastation and catastrophe to S Sudan people in particular and created more problems than what they were during the unity time,honest southerners along with western people will continue to repent the separation

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    • 20 April 2014 08:43, by Jalaby

      Oh my Goodness,every time when I see these kids pictures my heart does go on and will go on and on!
      Bashir is absolutely right,S Sudan separation brought huge devastation and catastrophe to S Sudan people in particular and created more problems than what they were during the unity time,honest southerners along with western people will continue to repent the separation

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  • 20 April 2014 08:42, by Malou Manyiel

    The children lined up for food that you have seen in this article are the future leaders of our country but our current leaders have damaged their future. Where is the prosperity our politicians promised us? Where is the sustainable development we talked about when we compromised the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs? Is this how we should be proud of being South Sudanese?

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  • 21 April 2014 07:22, by Black Africa

    what is going on South Sudan is better than what is happen in Darfur and Jebel Nuba.

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