It’s been six years now since the country retained her Independence from the Bashir’s government. But despite attaining the hard-fought freedom from the North, South Sudan still sees so much political mayhem.
By Lotara Charles
For a hungry man, even what tastes bitter becomes, so goes a saying. While in other countries people lament over the long clinch to power of presidents, economic down spiral, and poor mismanagement of resources, South Sudanese might have thrown all such things behind as they all seem to be less important than peace.
The political instability in the Africa’s youngest nation has driven millions out of the country since its commencement in 2013 when president Salva Kiir accused the then vice president Dr Riek Machar for plotting a coup against his regime.
Uganda, a “longtime friend” to South Sudan has been on the spotlight of hosting a large influx of refugees fleeing the war – torn nation. According to a report from the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), more refugees flee to Uganda than across Mediterranean. Read the below insight on their twitter account.
Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni, whom some regional and international analysts call a bellicose bully, is receiving refugees from South Sudan, Congo, Rwanda and Central African Republic and this explains why Jan Egeland, the Secretary General of NRC says Europe should emulate Uganda.
Several so-called truces mediated by IGAD and the international community have dismally thwarted, this has raised questions on how genuine the IGAD and the international community are in exercising their mediating role.
The long period of war in South Sudan has not only left the citizens traumatized, but also turned them into monsters who see brutal killings as something normal.
The African Union, the largest body in the continent issued a forest of promises other than a desert of actions to bring the conflict to an end. Threats of international sanctions and arm embargo neither stopped the violence from escalating, nor forced the “warring factions” to implemented the peace process.