Four years later: ICRC reunites missing children with family
October 24th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – After more-than four years separation, the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) have announced in a statement that it has reunited two children with their family in Upper Nile state.
In brief a statement issued on Tuesday, the international organization whose mission is to protect victims of armed conflict noted that its field staff members have successfully traced children who had gone missing since 2014 shortly after the escalation of violence to Upper Nile State capital Malakal.
“When their mother last saw them, Sarah and Bolis were 5 and 7-years-old. They are now 9 and 11-years-old. Fighting in Malakal separated their family, leading to 4 long years of uncertainty about their fate. We’re happy that they’re now back together,” the ICRC said in a statement seen by the Nyamilepedia on Tuesday.
The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) is in war-torn South Sudan proving humanitarian assistance to victims of armed conflict and makes sure that missing children and unaccompanied minors are reunited with their loved ones.
The international group is also an advocacy organization advocating for the respect of international humanitarian laws during civil conflict as it is the case in South Sudan which has been marred in a bloody civil war since December 2013.
A report released last year by a consortium of humanitarian agencies estimated that a total of more than 16,000 children have been separated from their families since 2013 as a direct result of conflict between South Sudan’s warring parties.
South Sudan descended into civil war in December 2013 following a flare-up of violence at a national convention conducted by the ruling, yet fractured SPLM at Nyakuron Cultural Centre in the nation’s capital Juba.
The disagreement in the party later on igniting a fighting between the country’s Presidential Guards along ethnic lines between those support the former vice president, Dr. Riek Machar, an ethnic Nuer and those supporting the President, Salva Kiir who is an ethnic Dinka.
The violence in the nation’s capital Juba later spread rapidly to other parts of the country with rebels advancing towards the capital Juba and the government had to bring in Ugandan army to help thwart a then possible takeover of the capital Juba.