UN: More than 1 million South Sudanese children flee ongoing violence

The United Nations says more than one million children have fled South Sudan’s escalating civil war.

Similar numbers are also displaced within the country. The situation in South Sudan has been described as the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis. Children make up 62-percent of those who flee to neighboring countries. The UN also says nearly three-quarters of South Sudan’s children don’t go to school — the highest in the world. And hundreds of thousands are at risk of starvation. South Sudan’s civil war began in December 2013. Tens of thousands of people have been killed.

Ethnic divisions have deepened and UN officials are worried that parts of the country are at risk of genocide.