Juba – Displaced civilians and religious leaders in war-torn South Sudan appealed to the UN Security Council to urgently deploy extra foreign troops as government ministers questioned whether more peacekeepers were needed in the capital, Juba.
The 15-member council met with President Salva Kiir’s cabinet, religious and civil society leaders and visited two UN compounds in Juba where tens of thousands of civilians have been sheltering amid nearly three years of violence.
While the country’s conflict was sparked in December 2013 by political rivalry between Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar, Anglican Archbishop Daniel Deng warned that “people have been made to believe it’s a tribal war.”
“What happened in Rwanda – we’re afraid it can happen in this country,” he told the Security Council, referring to the Hutu genocide of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 1994. READ MORE OF THIS REPORT
SOURCES: News Now/ IOL