South Sudan’s civil war has raged on for the past three years with such viciousness that parts of the country are bereft of food and a third of the population has fled their homes, but few refugees present as vexing a problem as children who escape the conflict alone. At the Nguenyyiel refugee camp near Ethiopia’s lush western frontier, boys and girls who crossed the border unaccompanied tell tales of murdered families and childhoods shattered by the unremitting violence in South Sudan.
Fears are mounting that South Sudan – the world’s youngest nation – could slip back into civil war, after almost three hundred people were killed in fighting over the last week.
Some of the most recent outbreaks of violence saw UN facilities attacked, and at least two Chinese peacekeepers killed.
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