Civilians fleeing violence seek refuge at the UNMISS compound in Bor, capital of Jonglei state, in South Sudan. (Hailemichael Gebrekrstos/AP)

Civilians fleeing violence seek refuge at the UNMISS compound in Bor, capital of Jonglei state, in South Sudan. (Hailemichael Gebrekrstos/AP)

United to End Genocide is deeply concerned about the recent violence in South Sudan. Over the past few days there have been various reports about a possible coup attempt, extensive fighting among soldiers and reports of house to house searches and targeted killing of civilians based on ethnicity. The people of South Sudan deserve a future of peace and security.

We add our voice to our many partners in urging South Sudan’s leaders and all involved in the crisis to practice restraint and for regional and global leaders to do their utmost to stem the current violence.

Recognizing the important role played by the United States to secure a peaceful referendum and independence of South Sudan, the U.S. government must take the following steps to ensure that the leaders of South Sudan exercise restraint and fulfill their commitment toward sustainable peace and reconciliation:

  • Immediately send U.S. Special Envoy Donald Booth to meet with South Sudan’s leaders and urge calm
  • Prioritize civilian protection and bolster the UN Peacekeeping force in South Sudan to provide safety to the most vulnerable populations
  • Amplify the voices of moderation of religious and other civil society leaders on the ground in South Sudan

United to End Genocide echoes and hopes to amplify the many voices of concern.

Here’s what some of our partners are saying:

“President Kiir should be urged to seek reconciliation and make public overtures to his opponents and critics, especially members of the Nuer community. Additionally, all senior members of the party should be urged to speak out against polarizing tribal rhetoric. Church leaders have already issued a statement on the violence and could be leveraged to help broker a political resolution among the warring parties.”

– Enough Project (Read the full memo here)

 

“We call on all political leaders throughout South Sudan to calm their supporters and prevent further violence, and to immediately engage in dialogue to resolve their differences peacefully.”

– Humanity United (Read full statement here)

 

“Government officials – whatever their politics – need to take urgent steps to prevent further abuses against civilians and quickly deescalate rising ethnic tensions.”

– Human Rights Watch (Read full statement here)

 

“The country’s public figures starting with the two principal protagonists, President Salva Kiir, and  former Vice-President Riek Machar, should follow the lead that church leaders have taken and immediately make clear and unequivocal statements that all sides must end the violence.”

– International Crisis Group (Read full statement here)

 

Many government statements have also been made including from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, President Obama and the U.S. Congressional Caucus on Sudan and South Sudan.

For up to date coverage of developments in South Sudan you can follow on Twitter: @SudanTribune_EN, @RadioTamazuj, @OCHASouthSudan, @TobyLanzer, @AkshayaSays and the hash tags #SouthSudan #JubaCrisis

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  • Susan

    This is a dreadful situation for those who have supported protections for the people of South Sudan. The two groups fighting for control must take advantage of the opportunity they have been given to form a new country to live in it in new, peaceful ways.