Third grade students in South Sudan study while seated on the floor prior to the delivery of new benches by World Vision. Some classrooms hold between 44 and 65 students.
South Sudan’s government has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which assures the international community and its populace that the nation’s youngest and most vulnerable citizens will be treated with equity and dignity.
“Over half of the population of South Sudan is under 18, and many of these children have fallen victim to the ravages of war. In ratifying the CRC, the government of South Sudan is decisively standing up for all of the children in this country,” said Samar Abboud, spokesperson for World Vision in South Sudan.
Reports indicate more than 235,000 children in the nation have severe acute malnutrition, and the conflict has kept more than 400,000 children out of formal education and forced more than 16,000 children, mostly boys, into armed groups.
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