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Protesters interrupt U.S diplomat’s visit to UN camp in Juba

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October 25, 2017 (JUBA) – Dozens of protesters, preaching anti-government messages, briefly interrupted the visit of Nikki Haley, the United States diplomat on a visit to South Sudan from touring the United Nations camp, which houses up to 30,000 displaced people.

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Nikki R. Haley, United States Permanent Representative to the UN, at the UN Security Council meeting on 7 February 2017 (UN Photo)

The demonstrators, mainly supporters of South Sudan’s former vice-president and rebel leader, Riek Machar carried messages that portrayed government in bad light.

“South Sudan IDPs [internally displaced people] and refugees love President Trump, the peacemaker and supporter of human rights,” reads a message carried by the angry protesters.

A UN official was quoted saying the US diplomat’s failure to hold talks with the demonstrators could have angered the pro-Machar group.

Eyewitnesses said UN security guards fired tear gas to disperse the crowd of over 100 people who rioted after Haley left UN premises.

US President Trump last month announced Haley’s visit to Africa during a meeting with African leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York. Haley becomes the highest-ranking US official to visit South Sudan, where nearly five years of civil war has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions.

While in Juba, however, Haley had what she described as a “very frank” conversation with President Kiir about the lack of progress towards peace since civil war broke out almost four years ago.

The senior US diplomat said Washington, particularly under the new Donald Trump administration, would not accept to wait anymore.

“We have lost trust in this [Kiir] government and we now need to regain that trust. The only way to regain that trust is through the actions of taking care of all of the people. President Kiir is the president of everyone, not just one tribe, not just one group. In order to be a leader you have to be willing to take care of all of your people,” said Haley.

“Time for action is now, we are not waiting anymore, we need to see a change and we need to see it right away”, she further stated.

While speaking in Ethiopia on Tuesday, the US official said her government would not abandon the people of South Sudan who have been put a cross point since the president does not does care about the suffering of his people”.

“So first to go back to that you know when you look at South Sudan, you have to really think hard before you pull U.S. aid because President Kiir doesn’t care if we pull U.S. aid. He doesn’t care if his people suffer”, the US diplomat said as a press briefing organized after she held discussions with Ethiopia’s prime minister and African Union officials.

“And that is the concern we have as we don’t know that it will make a difference by pulling U.S. aid or not. That is the conversation we will have. And we will try and see exactly what will move President Kiir so that he does take the moral high ground and start to really look at creating a safe position for his people,” she added.

The senior US official said President Trump was likely to pile pressure on regional leaders to end South Sudan war.

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  • 26 October 2017 09:28, by Wutkhor

    Well, the US have lost trust on Kiir government, again, the President is not for one tribe and the government is not for one tribe, Mr. Kiirminal have to knows that he is a president for all, that is terribly bad Nikki Harley, kiirminal is obviously a Dinka’s insects leader n nobody will accept a Dinka’s leader in none Dinka’s land in SS anymore

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    • 26 October 2017 09:32, by Wutkhor

      Harley, describes the the frank of conversion with kiirminal n the lack of progress of the sign peace, so it wld have been better for Harley to tell kiirminal that there is no peace in juba currently, time for action" is better for the IS to full their socks very well, n only identified kiirminal, his Dinka’s gangs, Nuerwew foods fighters n those stooges equotoria who re selling portions of their

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      • 26 October 2017 09:36, by Wutkhor

        Con.. The US must directly put more sanctions on those thugs including the criminals in igad the like of M7 n UhuruK of Kenya for directly involvement in supports for Dinka’s to prosecutes an ethnics cleansing n genocides. As rebel we also need to do something so that kiirminal n his punky stooges germs can test a hot soups n this to to get few fires arms to go n destroyed Paloc

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  • 26 October 2017 09:53, by Amunjokthom De Ruel

    Nuer are milking a dead cow or they want to change a pilot in the air. How can they protest against innocence American Diplomat, instead protesting against Kiir regime which every body expected to happen sooner later. Kiir must go this time, America is not joking this time around.

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  • 26 October 2017 10:08, by Amunjokthom De Ruel

    Wutkhor, not every Dinka like Kiir regime, but how to over through him become difficulty for both of us non dinka and dinka them. Lets us find the way out to remove him in power rather then abusing other tribe.

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    • 26 October 2017 11:54, by Wutkhor

      Thanks for your comments... Your brain shld be pour into your fellow Dinka’s who have lost all kind of human sense for the way they get some Nuerwew foods lovers n stomach fighters who re fighting for their own enslavement this had completely made over 90% of ur Dinka’s to believe that they will rule SS for hundreds yes.wic is impossible

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      • 26 October 2017 13:50, by Redeemer

        Wutkhor
        Changing the government as Nuer will only happen if capture Bahar-el-gazal and make it the HQ of Riek Machar which will happen when Jesus comes back. The only way forward is lets change the government not Dinka, that ideology will make even the dead Dinka fight for defend

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        • 27 October 2017 04:27, by Nairobimitot

          Redemer
          You are right. I am not a Dinka. I am a Nuer, but we share the same values. There is no such thing like Dinka or Nuer. The only reason why it exists is that of stupidity. This stupidity needs to erased across the country.

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  • 26 October 2017 21:28, by lino

    “And that is the concern we have as we don’t know that it will make a difference by pulling U.S. aid or not. That is the conversation we will have. And we will try and see exactly what will move President Kiir so that he does take the moral high ground and start to really look at creating a safe position for his people,” she added.
    That summarized it all!!!

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