17 Nov 2018

 

Thousands Of Children Reunited With Families In South Sudan

Four thousand children who got separated from their parents due to conflict in South Sudan have now been reunited with their families, announced UNICEF and Save the Children in their joint press statement released Saturday.

Thousands Of Children Reunited With Families In South Sudan
IDPs in South Sudan [Photo credit, UNICEF]
By Peter Lokale Nakimangole 
 
TORIT, 11 June 2016 [Gurtong] – The milestone was reached when seven-year-old Nyabitu returned to her family home in Kodoktoday, Saturday, after living for two years in the UN protection of civilian site in Juba.
 
According to UNICEF In 2014, Nyabitu and her siblings fled their home in Malakal after attacks on the area that left her mother dead. After wandering for days, her older brother got them on to a plane to Juba. They then relocated to the protection of civilians’ site. 
 
A total of 12,809 separated and unaccompanied children have been registered by UNICEF’s partners led by Save the Children since the conflict in South Sudan began in December 2013, the agencies.
 
It added that efforts are ongoing to trace the families of the more than 8,000 children still separated from their caregivers so that they too can be reunited. 
 
“After arriving in Kodok on board a UN aircraft, Nyabitu had a tearful reunion with her grandmother.
“I want to stay with my grandmother and join school. If I finish my education, I want be a pilot so that I can drive my relatives around,” she said.
 
“Reuniting 4,000 children with their caregivers is a great achievement but we’re concerned that due to a significant funding shortfall moments like these may become more difficult to achieve in the future.”   
 
With funding and technical assistance from UNICEF, Save the Children South Sudan is the lead agency in national family tracing and reunification. 
 
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