UNICEF warns South Sudan risks losing generation due to conflict

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A group of S. Sudanese Refugees fleeing War

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned that South Sudan risks losing a generation with 70 percent of the country’s children out of school due to the four-year civil war.

“70 percent of the children are out of school, that is highest in the world. There is too much violence,”

Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF’s executive director, said in an interview with Media after visiting some of the areas most devastated by the war.

“If we don’t help… we are going to lose this generation and that would be tragic for South Sudan because a country cannot build itself without this next generation of young people,” Fore warned.

The UN official also reported widespread malnutrition among children in the country’s northern towns she visited.

“We are heading into the dry season… we might lose up to a quarter of a million children in South Sudan,” she said.