Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on Protection of Children in South Sudan
NEW YORK/JUBA, South Sudan, 22 December 2013 – All of South Sudan's friends, who have such high hopes for the future of the world's youngest nation, are deeply concerned at the escalating violence across the country.
We at UNICEF hope that those who are involved in the violence, and those who have influence over them, will do everything possible to protect children, and make every effort to stop the fighting.
Children bear no responsibility for this violence or its causes. They are the generation that can fulfill the hopes on which this proud nation was recently founded. Protect them from harm, because these children and young people are the future of your nation.
UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. We work tirelessly to help children and their families, doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. We provide children with healthcare and immunization, clean water, nutrition and food security, education, emergency relief and more.
UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps children regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN, we are active in over 190 countries – more than any other organization. Our determination and our reach are unparalleled. Because nowhere is too far to go to help a child survive.