250,000 South Sudanese children could die by July

A South Sudanese child fleeing from recent fighting in Lasu in South Sudan. Photo: SIMONA FOLTYN / AFP / Getty Images. Link to image.

Henrietta Fore, the executive director of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), told Al Jazeera more than 250,000 children in South Sudan “are going to be facing death this year before July” due to malnutrition.

Why it matters: Since fighting began in South Sudan in 2013, the war-torn country has seen more than 2,300 children killed, and 19,000 “recruited into armed groups,” Al Jazeera reports. The war has “devastated agricultural production,” and as South Sudan approaches its dry season, concerns over food and water are rising.

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