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The Obama Administration waivers on U.S.' commitment to ending the use of child soldiers as the White House releases a new list of countries who will continue receiving U.S. military assistance.
The signing of the peace agreement by President Salva Kiir Mayardit is a positive step toward ending the brutal 20-month civil war in South Sudan.
World Vision began resuming limited operations in Upper Nile, South Sudan after suspending programs last month due to violence.
World Vision has been forced to stop its life-saving interventions, including nutrition programs for children and distribution of blankets, sleeping mats, hygiene products, shelter materials, and mosquito nets, because of ongoing violence in South Sudan's Unity State.
It takes two hours on a bumpy road to get to Ayien Amiol Health Clinic in South Sudan’s Warrup state, where Nyayiik Bol and her son are receiving medical care. She's had stomach pain since she was pregnant, and he suffers from malnutrition and worms. World Vision is helping by setting up this health clinic to treat them and 700 others in their area.
An estimated 3,000 child soldiers are expected to be released by a rebel group in South Sudan in the coming month. These children must undergo a complex rehabilitation process in order to recover from the horrors they have experienced.
Former child soldiers, like the 3,000 to be released in South Sudan, have a long way to go in their recovery. Supporting them at every stage will be vital, says World Vision child protection experts.
Children in South Sudan face another Christmas far from home.