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S.SUDAN: Social activists try to attract government attention to growing number of street children

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A problem of an increasing number of orphans and street children in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal State deeply concerns public activists who continued their social work even amid the country’s military and humanitarian crisis nowadays.

The executive director for Lony Piu Charity Society, John Gau Riek, briefed the media saying the conditions of homeless and neglected children in the state are alarming.

“Street children in the greater Northern Bahr el Ghazal are a problem in Aweil, Wanyjok, Nyamlel and Gokmachar markets,” he said.

Gau linked the problem of the rise in the number of street children to a number of issues including rampant poverty as well as the country’s civil war that left too many children without their parents.

The activist urged the state government and its partners to set up rehabilitation centers where children can access counseling services, free education, food and accommodation.

As has been mentioned by authorities, there are over 1,000 street children with no access to food, healthcare services, and accommodation.

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