Violence is escalating in South Sudan. Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan. As of 2016 estimates of victims of the war in South Sudan had already exceeded 100,000. Thousands more have been killed since that time. The UNHCR most recently reported 1,559,815 refugees since December 2013. (See update Aug 17, 2017, New York Times)
However, compared to the war in Syria, the conflict in South Sudan has not garnered the attention of the political establishment in the world’s major powers, the U.S., the U.K., France, Russia and China.
What underlies the conflict? What is the role of the U.S. and the U.N? The United States is the primary financial supporter of the government in South Sudan. What can we do to end the killings and to resuscitate the peace deal that created the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU)?
To learn more about what’s going on, Brooklyn For Peace, United African Congress, and the Give Them a Hand Foundation sponsored a Panel Discussion on June 6, 2017. Panelists included:
Mr. Milton Allimadi
Ugandan-born, Publisher of The Black Star News, human rights activist and Adjunct professor at John Jay College
Dr. Bereket H. Selassie
William E. Leuchtenburg Distinguished Professor of African Studies, and Professor of Law, UNC-Chapel Hill
Dr. Mohammed Nurhussein
Chair, United African Congress
Check out the presentations on YouTube:
Part One and Part Two
Why Is World Ignoring Salva Kiir’s Genocide in South Sudan?
Statement by Joint Opposition — South Sudan,
Published in Black Star News, April 17, 2017
The crisis unfolding in South Sudan: It could be a repeat of the Rwanda catastrophe
Op-Ed by Milton Allimadi in Daily News, March 21, 2017
Over One Million South Sudanese Flee From Violence to Uganda
by Nick Cumming-Bruce, New York Times August 17, 2017