Up to 25,000 women and children have fled inter-tribal violence and are hiding in the bush.
Tuesday 3 January 2012
Thousands of people are currently fleeing fierce inter-tribal fighting in Pibor County, South Sudan.
Many have fled into the bush to escape.
Children are likely to be terrified, without clean water, shelter or enough food, and many could be injured.
Living in fear
Children in the area already live in continual fear of violence and are often abducted during raids.
If fighting continues, thousands more could be killed, maimed, abducted or recruited to fight.
We suspect many children have been separated from their families and we need to reunite them safely as soon as possible.
We run child tracing and family reunification programmes in Pibor County and the surrounding areas.
We're calling urgently for calm so we can gain access to affected children.
Already on the ground
South Sudan was already affected by decades of civil war and the majority of the population live in rural mud-thatch homes.
We are already on the ground but need urgent access to help children who have been caught up in the fighting.