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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.
A new World Vision survey found that most Americans (who typically make charitable donations during the holidays) do not plan to change the amount of their holiday charitable giving this year due to global crises, the biggest exception are millineal men.
South Sudan’s food insecurity crisis hasn’t worsened to the point of famine, but the threat still looms large with meager crops potentially only delaying life-threatening hunger.
A group of leading aid agencies, including World Vision, warned today that parts of South Sudan — already the world’s worse food crisis — could fall into famine early next year if the nine-month long conflict escalates as expected.
Today the U.S. released the list of countries that will lose military assistance in 2015 because of their use of child soldiers. However, military aid to continue to flow to some countries actively recruiting or using children in their armed forces.
A group of seven major international aid agencies said they face a shortfall of excess of $92 million just when the South Sudan humanitarian crisis edges closer to the risk of famine.