That’s where UNICEF found them, scared and covered in ashes. After two hellish months, they had one request: to stay together.
UNICEF doesn’t run orphanages - we do everything we can to keep children safe in their communities. Every day, while the children went to school and recovered in safety, our staff urgently searched for their parents and extended family.
After four months of searching, there was great news for Mohammad and his siblings: UNICEF found their uncle. It’s no small feat to trace someone in the middle of biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II, but it’s worth it to give the children a chance to recover with their family.
5,000 emotional family reunions in South Sudan
Over three million people from South Sudan have fled their homes since conflict broke out in 2013. Families have dodged bullets, run for hours and hidden in dense wetlands for safety. Thousands of children have been separated from their families in the chaos but UNICEF is helping to bring them home. By late 2017, we’d reunited 5,000 children in South Sudan with their families.