South Sudan in urgent need of more UN troops

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A UN peacekeeper stands guard near children displaced in recent fighting, during a visit by the United Nations Security Council, delegation to the UN House in Jebel. Credit: REUTERS
A UN peacekeeper stands guard near children displaced in recent fighting, during a visit by the United Nations Security Council, delegation to the UN House in Jebel. Credit: REUTERS

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

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.