With nearly 300 people dead just days after South Sudan’s fifth independence anniversary celebrations, there is very little hope that the violence is going to come to an end anytime soon.
Fighting between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and vice-president, Riek Machar have left millions of people at the risk of starvation and another 11 million people displaced.
The United Nations called an end to the violence on Monday and said in a statement that it was “outraged at the resumption of violence in Juba [on Sunday] which is severely impacting on the civilian population”
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari is the latest to call for peace in the troubled African country as he acknowledged that it is indeed a tense situation. He also acknowledged the role of the African Union in ensuring that the violence be brought to an end and pledged Nigeria’s commitment to the union.
“What we can do urgently to stabilise South Sudan is very important as African leaders meet in Kigali, Rwanda this month and later in September at the UN,”