South Sudan: Government Needs To Act Swiftly

South Sudan: Government Needs To Act Swiftly 25 February 2014

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IGO calls on the government of South Sudan to take urgent steps to reign in the horrific violence rampant in the country.

A report by UN peacekeepers in the country says that the city of Malakal is looted and burned, with more than 100 bodies scattered along the route. UNMISS, the UN Mission, conducted multiple patrols to the capital of the state where the situation is said to be “tense.”

Earlier UNMISS had outlined some of the human rights abuses committed by both sides- the warring tribes of Dinka and Nuer- including rapes, mass killings and torture. It has warned that civilians in the world’s youngest nation continue to be deliberately targeted and killed along ethnic lines.

The current tensions started in July when President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka – the country’s largest group, sacked his deputy Riek Machar, who is from the second largest community, the Nuer.

Meanwhile another report by the charity Save the Children says that South Sudan has become one of the most dangerous nations on earth to give birth. More than 5000 babies are dying within hours of birth- one of the worst rates in the world.

IGO calls on both parties to stop the vicious revenge killings and warns that if the situation is not brought under control, it will descend into a civil war. IGO urges the government to conduct a swift and fair investigation into the crimes against humanity and punish the culprits.