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U.S. legislators write to AU chief over South Sudan conflict


March 2, 2017 (JUBA)- The US legislators comprising congressmen and senators have written to the new chairperson of the African union, Mousa Faki Mahamat asking him to take extraordinary steps to avert a looming genocide in South Sudan.

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South Sudanese children play in Al-Alagaya camp in White Nile State, Sudan (Photo UNHCR)

The lawmakers argued the international community to work together to find a political solution to prevent genocide and mass atrocities from being committed in the young nation.

“We bear collective responsibility to prevent genocide and mass atrocities. The international community must work together to find a political solution. We ask that you take the extraordinary step of convening a high level meeting of regional leaders and stakeholders with the goal of averting genocide and mass atrocities in the near term and agreeing to a diplomatic roadmap leading to a lasting peace”, the joint letter dated February 24, 2017 sent by Sudan Tribune reads in part.

It further stated that lawmakers do not ignore a challenge in finding a solution, but that failure to find a solution results in the people of South Sudan paying for it.

“We are no under illusion that a solution will be easy to find. However, a everyday that we fail to do so, the people of South Sudan will suffer. Half of South Sudan’s population is in need of humanitarian aid and the number is likely to grow. People continue to be raped and murdered in their own homes. The international community must act as quickly as possible. The cost if we fail to do so is much too high. We stand ready to assist your efforts”, the lawmakers add in the letter.

They also expressed concern about reports of horrific violence against civilians and potential genocide occurring in the country if urgent political intervention is not made.

The letter highlights the plight of nearly three million people displaced as well as an estimated 50,000 killed in the violence, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013. Of particular concern, they said, was the renewed violence in Upper Nile state capital, Malakal and the Equatoria regions, which were relatively peaceful areas.

“We write with concern about one such challenge: ongoing reports of horrific violence against civilians and potential genocide in South Sudan, and the need to arrive at a sustainable political settlement to end the civil war in that country”, further reads the petition.

“The international community must work together to find a working solution,” it added.

The congressmen and senators who signed the 24 February petition include, Benjamin Cardin, John Boozman, Edward Markey, Johny Isakson, Karen Bass, Michael Capuano, Jeffery Merkley, James Inhofe, Richard Durbin, Christopher Coons, Cory Booker and Barbara Lee.


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  • 3 March 2017 09:28, by Kush Natives

    U.S what’s cooking up in your mind is not making any sense here! Those who always dance and wishing our beautiful nation to fall in darkness called genocide will be externally judge by almighty father. We love this country more than anyone out there.

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    • 3 March 2017 10:30, by Midit Mitot

      Mr Kuch Native,
      Don,t pad-up just wait, your government failure is something known in the worldwide, it had never and never happen for a president and general chief of staffs of the country to training their own tribal Militia against other tribes, atrocities, genocide were already carried out by Mathaing Anyoor since 2013 Dec up-to date.it had already documented if you don,t have clue on it.

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  • 3 March 2017 09:37, by Kush Natives

    If all devils did left us alone since 2013, we would have achieved this peace. But, money makers made it difficult for this country to progress. So, I urged the U.S legislative council and Congress to halt this request immediately! RoSS president just announced March the 10th as the national day for forgiveness.

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    • 3 March 2017 11:58, by Bazinguaboy

      WHAT? ... Afraid?

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    • 3 March 2017 12:43, by Eastern

      If all devils left you alone, famine would have swept off the face of the earth. Did I hear Kiir passing the begging bowl around for donors to bankroll his national dialogue? Where are Kiir’s friends who were yapping that AFRICAN PROBLEMS REQUIRE AFRICAN SOLUTION? Why can’t Museveni, Uhuru and cohorts help Kiir in arriving at an African solution to the current conflict?

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  • 3 March 2017 11:01, by Angelo Achuil

    Since 1990s, 2005 CPA, USA had invested much in South Sudan. Beside past military support or daily refugees food of USAID since 1987 - 2017 (30yrs), Nimule Road (ONLY paved road connecting two towns in S. Sudan), many Americans care 7 love S. Sudan but our leaders have betrayed their goodwill and hooked us up with Chinese who have barely fixed their home or be bothered by our woes! God help!

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    • 3 March 2017 12:38, by Eastern

      Angelo Achuil,

      I couldn’t agree more with your very honest observations. The leaders in Juba want to associate with the Chinese and the Russians who freely sell arms to South Sudan to be used for killing the citizens. US which doesn’t sell arms to South Sudan but support South Sudanese refugees and internally displaced persons is called names by the so-called liberators.

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  • 3 March 2017 12:04, by Political Affairs Advisor

    I think the idea of implementing the August peace agreement which was provoked on july last year by the Government of South Sudan is the only peace agreement that will safe South Sudan people than any kinds of solution that is reflecting some individuals interrest like recent appointment of Taban as a successor of Dr.Riek Machar which doesn’t even make sense for finding everlasting peace

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    • 4 March 2017 11:20, by Akook

      Juba is good only in tricks. US should continue to assist us gain peace most importantly just about the same way they assisted us gained Independent.
      No dialogue in Juba. It is just a trick to cheat those looking for real peace instead of nonsensical mass killings going on as we speak

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