South Sudan Teeters On Edge Of Another Civil War
South Sudan: Fears Growing Of Another Deadly And Protracted Civil War
As nations from the Britain to Uganda move to evacuate their citizens, the US has dispatched an envoy to join mediation talks aimed at curbing the violence in South Sudan.
“The United Nations had earlier said at least 20 people were killed, and South Sudan’s government said earlier 54 Dinka had been killed in the incident. The United Nations mission in South Sudan is still trying to verify the exact number of dead. Deputy UN peacekeeping chief Edmond Mulet told the U.N. Security Council on Friday 35,000 civilians were sheltering at UN bases across the country. The mediation team visiting Juba included ministers from Kenya, Uganda, Djibouti and Somali, and African Union and United Nations representatives. It was the first peace initiative since clashes erupted,” reports The London Telegraph.
The United Nations, which has been under attack in recent days, has called for Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to take a more active role in mediating the conflict. As the violence has spread, The Christian Science Monitor reports, civilians are facing growing threats causing many to fear a return to the previous civil wars, which claimed nearly 2 million people.
PBS filed a report from the region as many fear a greater civil war is around the bend.
Jon Lee Anderson writes in The New Yorker laments the prospect that South Sudan “will once again be the battleground for civil war—just as it was from 1955 until 1972, and again from 1983 until 2005, with an estimated total death toll of as many as three million people” if violence is not halted. He also recalls his 2012 visit to Sudan.
US service members were injured when their aircraft was fired upon by rebels.
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