Child Protection

South Sudan Stolen Childhoods

Help release children from armed forces, reunite them with their families and help them deal with their trauma.

About this appeal

In South Sudan, thousands of children have been abducted from their families and forced to become child soldiers.

A child soldier is a child associated with an armed force or armed group, refers to any person below 18 years of age who is or who has been recruited or used by an armed group including children used as fighters, cooks, porters, messengers, spies or for sexual purposes.

Children associated with armed forces and armed groups have the same need to be loved, cared for, and to feel safe as well as other children. 

They dream about the future, make jokes and play with the same enthusiasm. But they have lived through extraordinary experiences which stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Watch this short animation to see one story of a child soldier.


In 2020, UNICEF is planning the release of 2,154 children, if we can raise enough funds.

It costs US$2,000 (NZ $3,180) to release a child solder, reunite them with their family and provide them with the intensive support package they need to recover.

Your support will give children
Brighter Futures
Happy Childhood
Psycho-social support
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