Obama Must Prioritize South Sudan Peace in Africa Visit

Washington – United to End Genocide, a U.S. based human rights advocacy group, delivered a petition signed by over 9,000 activists to the White House calling upon President Obama to make peace in South Sudan his top priority in his trip to Africa. Fighting in South Sudan has killed tens of thousands and displaced over 2 million people in the last 18 months. From July 24-26th, President Obama will be meeting with regional leaders in Kenya and Ethiopia who recently announced a final deadline for peace talks.

Former U.S. Congressman Tom Andrews, President of United to End Genocide, stated:

“President Obama visits Kenya and Ethiopia at a crucial moment with the opportunity to strengthen regional momentum towards peace. South Sudan is facing a looming famine and ongoing mass violence that could become a genocide.

Failure to seize the moment and secure commitments to real regional consequences would be a grievous missed opportunity with dire human consequences.

For too long South Sudan’s leaders have violated agreements and been allowed to continue killing their own people without being held to account. South Sudan’s neighbors have failed to stop the flow of weapons or to follow through on threatened targeted sanctions on those most responsible for continued abuses.

President Obama will meet with key mediators face to face and his message must be clear, there will be peace or there must be consequences.

The United States helped to broker the peace that brought South Sudan into existence. It cannot allow the country’s leaders to drive its citizens into new levels of suffering. It cannot abandon the people of South Sudan.”

Read Tom Andrews latest, “Another Deal Needed: This Time for South Sudan” at: http://endgenocide.org/another-deal-needed-this-time-for-south-sudan/