We are deeply concerned about the crises in South Sudan and the U.S. and international response. While it has been moved off the front pages of newspapers — and was not included in President Obama’s State of the Union address to Congress — 10,000 men, women and children are dead and at least 700,000 more have lost their homes. The signing of a tentative agreement between the two warring sides to stop the fighting did not include a plan to monitor or enforce its terms and, according to accusations from both sides, has not stopped the fighting.
Meanwhile, neither side is doing what is required to get life-saving food and supplies to hundreds of thousands of desperate people, negotiations to end the crises are not happening and promises by the international community — including 5,500 peacekeepers — have yet to be kept.
We are pleased to have some very knowledgeable members of the South Sudanese Diaspora along with our staff to help sort through this crises and what needs to be done.
Oliver Tunda is a founding member of the South Sudanese Community Association, Washington DC metro area. Member of the Board of Directors, Equatorian South Sudanese Community Association-USA (ESSCA-USA).
Dr. Laura (Nyantung) Beny is a Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School (Ann Arbor, MI, USA). Her research interests have a special focus on the Sudans and Africa. She is co-editor with Sondra Hale of the forthcoming book Sudan’s Killing Fields: Political Violence and Fragmentation,
Niemat Ahmadi is United to End Genocide’s Director of Global Partnerships, a native of North Darfur, and a long time advocate on genocide and mass atrocities.
Dan Sullivan is United to End Genocide’s Director of Policy and will be moderating our discussion today.
Listen to the call:
United to End Genocide is demanding a stronger response from the United States government including a robust deployment of humanitarian aid and aid workers, a strong diplomatic presence, pressure, support for the rapid deployment of additional UN peacekeepers, and demands for accountability for those responsible for the horror that has been unfolding in South Sudan.