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Over 800,000 South Sudanese have been internally displaced, with another 145,000 fleeing to neighboring countries. PHOTO: Joseph Mathenge/World Vision
In 2011, South Sudan become the world's newest country, after an historic vote for independence. Today, the country is struggling with a series of conflicts that have displaced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.
Civilians are being trapped by the violence in South Sudan, unable to access humanitarian aid.
Seven-month-old Makool Malou is among the growing number of children who depend on World Vision’s nutrition program for survival in impoverished South Sudan’s Warrap state.
After government and opposition leaders signed a cease-fire agreement, World Vision was among the first aid groups to reach the remote South Sudanese city of Malakal, providing food and household supplies to families displaced by days of fighting there.
Cease-fire announced Thursday in Addis Ababa could mean aid agencies can finally access areas where children and families have been.
World Vision, one of the largest aid agencies working in South Sudan, is calling on all parties to listen to the cries of the afflicted children and seek a negotiated solution to the nearly month-long conflict in the country.
Since December, armed conflict has killed thousands and driven more than 1.3 million South Sudanese from their homes. World Vision is working to meet the needs of displaced children and families.