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Kids, mothers slaughtered in Sudan genocide

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Sudanese refugee children press up against a fence in Djabal refugee camp near Gozbeida southern Chad on March 15, 2009. United Nations forces took over command from European Union peacekeepers here Sunday to protect refugees and displaced people in Chad and the Central African Republic.  The EU's EUFOR troops swapped their berets for the UN peacekeeping ones in in the eastern Chadian town of Abeche in a symbolic handover ceremony attended by senior officials and diplomats, including French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner. Some 5,200 peacekeepers from the UN's MINURCAT mission are now charged with protecting refugees from Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region and people displaced by a rebel insurgency in Chad and northern Central African Republic, though roughly 2,000 members of the European force will remain for a few more months under the UN beret until African and Nepalese units arrive. AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE HUGUEN

Sudanese refugee children press up against a fence in Djabal refugee camp near Gozbeida southern Chad on March 15, 2009. United Nations forces took over command from European Union peacekeepers here Sunday to protect refugees and displaced people in Chad and the Central African Republic. AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE HUGUEN

From HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – REBEL groups and soldiers are slaughtering women and their children as well as the elderly in horrific scenes that have led to thousands fleeing South Sudan for sanctuary Uganda.
Witnesses reported breastfeeding mothers had been shot alongside their babies while in some incidents dead mothers with children tied to their backs had been thrown to rivers.
Save the Children reported armed groups have also besieged villagers in the war-torn South Sudan and gang-raped young women.
Mothers fleeing the violence that has sparked Africa’s refugee crisis have also abandoned their children and scurried for safety.
Since the fighting escalated in July 2016, more than 500 000 refugees have escaped from South Sudan, the majority into Uganda.
Of these, 86% are women and children arriving terrified, hungry and often alone, children’s rights groups said.
“Many children are too traumatised to speak and do not know if their parents are alive,” said Pete Walsh, Save the Children’s Country Director in South Sudan.
He said testimonies they are hearing were horrifying while children were arriving alone, having been forced to flee their homes in search for safety and protection.
“Many are on the brink of starvation. Famine has already been declared in three locations and will spread, unless the world opens its eyes to this catastrophe.”

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