South Sudan will enter its sixth years of independence on 9 July 2017. The Independence celebration will be done amid conflict and unthinkable hardship. Nearly all aspects of life of south Sudanese are being denied. The country has been in conflict since December 2013, with at least 2,500 children killed or injured, and more than two million children displaced or seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. Hundreds have also been raped and sexually assaulted.
South Sudan is experiencing setbacks in education, nutrition, health and other rights, and it is classified in the Failed State Index.
UNICEF, along with other UN agencies and non-UN partners, are working tirelessly to increase emergency response to reach those most in need and alleviate the ongoing misery.