South Sudan teeters on brink of catastrophe
From RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – SOUTH Sudan, the world’s newest country beset by deadly strife, is on the verge of a renewal of civil war after former Vice President, Riek Machar, called for an armed struggle against President Silva Kiir.
He made the call in exile, saying it was in response to the government’s relentless attacks on his Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO).SPLM-IO positions.
Machar is in exile in neighbouring Sudan, having fled his country over fears of his safety.
The Presidency dismissed Machar’s call, criticising him as a “warmonger.”
The crisis in South Sudan’s started in 2013, two years after independence
from Sudan, after Kiir accused then deputy, Machar, of attempting a coup.
The crisis peaked in July this year when over 100 members of the government forces were killed during clashes on the eve of the fifth anniversary of independence.
Over 300 000 civilians have been killed and more than 1 million people fled and sought safety in neighbouring countries especially Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.
– CAJ News
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