Children bear brunt of South Sudan three-year conflict
Thursday December 15 2016
At least 17,000 child soldiers have been recruited in South Sudan since the outbreak of the civil war in 2013, Unicef has said. FILE ILLUSTRATION | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Unicef and partners have since 2013 documented at least 2,342 children killed or maimed, 3,090 others abducted and another 1,130 others sexually assaulted.
According to the agencies, some 303 incidents of attacks on or military use of schools or hospitals have also been reported since 2013.
This year alone, Unicef said, it had admitted 184,000 children for treatment of severe malnutrition. The figure is 50 per cent higher than the number treated last year and an increase of 135 per cent above 2014's.