South Sudan heading to genocide

South Sudan mapFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – RISING ethnic rhetoric, hate speech and incitement to violence against certain ethnic groups has left South Sudan on the verge of genocide.

Over the past two weeks, letters with graphic warnings of violence against people from the Equatoria region were left outside the gates of humanitarian organisations in Bahr el Ghazal State in the north-western part of the country.

The letters, purportedly written by individuals from the Dinka community, warned Equatorians to leave or be “eliminated”, with threats of violence, mutilation and murder.

Certain State officials in the region have also reportedly joined in the hate speech. An Equatorian staff member of a humanitarian organisation was attacked last week in Aweil. 92 staff members of humanitarian organisations have been evacuated from Aweil and 12 from Bor.

The threats emerged in reaction to the killing of an unconfirmed number of Dinka civilians travelling to Juba by buses.

Rumours circulated on social media about the number of civilians killed, calling for revenge attacks against Equatorians
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, warned the situation was deteriorating.

“Hateful ethnic rhetoric in South Sudan – particularly if it is exploited for political purposes – can have devastating consequences for entire communities, quickly spiralling into a cycle of revenge attacks.”
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