(UN News) – Yasmin Haque, Deputy Director, Office of Emergency Programmes at the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), who was also on the inter-agency mission, said it was “tragic” to see what has happened in South Sudan, where she served as Country Representative prior to taking up her current post. She noted that the conflict has “severely disrupted the hope” that the children of South Sudan had in their country, and it is really urgent to have funding and services in place to meet their needs. The conflict has also meant that children are facing grave violations, whether their schools are being occupied, health centres are being destroyed or children themselves are being recruited by the armed groups.