#ListenToSouthSudan.. a cry for the youngest Nation

Posted: April 24, 2014 in Politics/Current issues

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July 2011 as the outcome of a 2005 peace deal that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war.

An overwhelming majority of South Sudanese voted in a January 2011 referendum to secede and become Africa’s first new country since Eritrea split from Ethiopia in 1993. Three years down the line and the youngest country has not seen peace. Early this week, South Sudanese rebels seized a strategic oil town last week, separating terrified residents by ethnicity before killing hundreds, according to the United Nations.

In a statement posted on its website,  the United Nation said Residents sought shelter in churches, mosques and hospitals when the rebels raided Bentiu town.  “We believe that at least 400 people were killed in Bentiu in the past week,” said Toby Lanzer, the top United Nations official in South Sudan.In one mosque alone, more than 200 civilians were reportedly killed and 400 others wounded, according to the United Nations.

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Before the attacks, some rebel commanders broadcast messages on local radio warning certain groups to leave town. “Others broadcast hate messages declaring that certain ethnic groups should not stay in Bentiu and even calling on men from one community to commit vengeful sexual violence against women from another community,” the U.N. Mission in South Sudan said.

According to the United Nations at one hospital, Nuer men, women and children who refused to cheer the rebels were killed, according to the United Nations.

People from other South Sudanese communities and the Darfuris, who hail from the war-ravaged Sudan region of Darfur, were also targeted and killed, the U.N. said.

Kenyans among other Africans joined in in calling African leaders to act and save the young nation. Kenyan on Twitter, #KOT as they are commonly know took African leaders to task under the hashtag #ListenToSouthSudan.

Just who will save South Sudan?

Here is a letter by Kenyan Blogger Robert Alai to Africans and its leaders about what is happening in South Sudan 

”Fellow Africans, do you realise that there is an ongoing genocide in South Sudan?

Can the UN tell us why they are unable to act and stop the killing of civilians like it happened last Monday in Bentiu when the SPLA/IO (in opposition) violently took over Bentiu, killing over 1200 people?

Half, or more of the killed, were innocent civilians and surrendered soldiers. The UNMISS remains mum, while the bodies continue rotting on the streets, being devoured by dogs n birds as children pass by, a week later!

The same UNMISS was very quick to condemn an attack on its camp in Bor where some people were killed (for celebrating the Bentiu capture). Is UNMISS taking sides in a bloody conflict? There is no media in South Sudan. The atrocities being committed by these warriors (both sides) is just gut-wrenching.

270 Darfurian businessmen were executed in a mosque after being lied to that they will be protected by the rebels. Included some women. Others were pulled out of the Bentiu Hospital n executed at point blank. Hundreds of bodies are rotting on the streets as we speak.

WHY IS THE UNMISS HIDING THIS STORY FROM THE WORLD???”

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