Genocide in South Sudan
By admin May 9, 2017

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About a month ago, the UN commission of inquiry for South Sudan was given leverage to start targeting perpetrators that commit human rights abuses such as rapes and tortures that are being played out currently. To note, there are major concerns that South Sudanese nationals are being ethnically cleansed by government forces and their allies. In a recent report, the UN gave warning of an upcoming genocide. Recently, the UK, more specifically, the International Development Secretary had described the violence in South Sudan as genocide whereby there are “massacres taking place, people’s throats are being slit.” Tens of thousands have already been killed.

The International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, made a visit to South Sudan recently, and met with the President, Salva Kiir, whose government has blocked food aid to some areas. She describes the area as “absolutely abhorrent and inhumane.” There is a “scorched earth policy,” whereby villages are being burned down completely, women are being raped, and the little food that is available is being used as a weapon of war. A famine, which has been entirely man made, has been declared in parts of South Sudan. More than 5.5 million people will not have reliable food sources by July. A UN survey showed that about 70 percent of women that are living in “protection of civilian camps” in the capital, Juba, have been raped. About 80 percent had been forced to watch someone else be assaulted. One woman fled to the city of Yei was speaking on what she saw, here are a few of her comments: “when the armed groups get you with your children, they will kill all of you…they will take you from your homes and slit your throat…I’ve seen children tied to their dead mother and thrown in the river – soldiers have been doing this a lot.”

As of yesterday, more than 1 million children have fled South Sudan’s civil war, while another 1 million are displaced within the country. About 62 percent of refugees coming from South Sudan are children, according to the UN, with more than 75,000 children are alone. For children still living in South Sudan, nearly three-fourth of them are out-of-school, being the highest out-of-school population in the world. Thousands of children are at risk for malnutrition and starvation, with food aid never reaching them. In total, more than one thousand children have been killed or wounded.

Uganda, neighboring South Sudan, is taking on more than it can handle. With more than 800,000 South Sudanese living in refugee settlements. Since March 2017, 2,800 refugees have arrived daily from South Sudan. Thousands continue to flee from South Sudan with more than 1.8 million people, so far. Uganda is known as a Self-Reliance Strategy, however it is not a major refugee-hosting country that will allow refugees to work and live freely.

This is the world’s youngest nation and has been marred by a war that has split the country along ethnic borders. Indeed, both government forces and non-state groups are killing, abducting, and gang raping based on the individual’s’ ethnic ties. Patel recognized that this is about “international pressure,” that there is an African Union to give a voice for its’ countries, to stand up for the people.

Read More:

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