Hundreds of children released from armed groups, supported by World Vision

Jackson* is one of more than 300 children associated with armed groups in South Sudan who was released in the former Western Equatoria State in February.

World Vision social workers are walking alongside him and the other boys and girls to help them reunify with their families and reintegrate into their communities.

Jackson and the other children are being counselled and receiving psychosocial support to recover from the violence they have witnessed or experienced. 

In the months to come, World Vision will be supporting the children with social reintegration through enrollment in formal education, medical check-ups, home visits, family counselling and community outreach.

Economic reintegration through formal vocational training, engagement in technical trainings and leveraging the private sector to link youths to local markets for informal apprenticeship and mentoring is also being planned.

*name changed to protect identity