Can’t we all just get along?! Conflict in South Sudan.

I want to focus on what is going on in South Sudan because after reading it…it’s messed up! Then again pretty much everything I read for this class I think is messed up in some way, shape, or form. The South Sudan Backgrounder gives a great summary of what is going on in South Sudan, as it should because it is a backgrounder! South Sudan became independent almost four years ago on July 9, 2011. Claiming independence would lead one to believe that everything is calm, cool, and collected in the country after ending Africa’s longest civil war but that is not the case for South Sudan because internal as well as outside conflict with Sudan still exists. Some of the conflict has come from President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar. Basically, President Kiir dismissed his entire cabinet on July 23, 2013 which then made former VP Machar think that President Kiir was moving toward taking over the country and creating a dictatorship. Political argument is always strong because people are usually going to sway to one side or the other. The former VP Machar, ethnically Nuer, is leading a group of rebels against the President Kiir, ethnically Dinka.

Most everyone ignores the saying two wrongs don’t make a right. It is completely apparent in this situation. The internal conflict within South Sudan has lead to tens of thousands of deaths and nearly two million displaced. In addition to displacement and death toll numbers going up, millions of people that include about fifty thousand children face acute food insecurity and the threat of famine because there are blocks of harvesting crops and international aide. The government is supposed to be the running the show and putting the best interest of the people of the country first but that is obviously not happening in South Sudan right now when so many citizens are having to leave their homes for safety from extrajudicial killings, ethnic targeting, sexual violence and the use of child soldiers.

Kerry

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