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South Sudan to Loss Half of Its Population as Violence Rages

By our Reporter

African Leadership Institute says South Sudan will loose half of its population as the fighting, displacement, and famine continue unabated. The Institute petitioned African leaders to make good of continental philosophy of “African solution for African problem” to avert the danger facing population in South Sudan.

“Without a fundamental change in conflict dynamics, South Sudan will be depopulated by 50 percent from pre-conflict populations levels due to starvation and displacement”, petition document stated in part. The petition adds, “This would be the biggest exodus of people from an African country since the Rwandan genocide”. South Sudan violent has persistently continues to target civilians. The institute made reference to the recent atrocities committed against civilians “in Parjok, Wau, Raja, Yei and Kodok”, which  resulted into massive displacement and killings including school children.

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Displaced South Sudanese, photo source AP

The Leadership institute says the war can only end if African Heads of States intervene to end South Sudan crisis. The institute petitioned African governments to deny leaders of warring parties in South Sudan access to comfort of their territories so as to communicate that Africa have “solutions to our African problems”. The petition also urged African Leaders to deny leaders of South Sudan access to comfort zones in their countries, for this, according to Institute, would make them understand “grim realities (of) horrors they have subjected their people to”.

The Archbishop Tutu Fellows appeal to African Heads of States to revive the Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS).

“We felt it incumbent upon ourselves to write and urge you, as neighbours and key members of regional blocs, to leverage your relationships with political and military leaders on all sides of the conflict in South Sudan to revive a political process and chart a way forward for the implementation of the August 2015 peace agreement brokered by the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD).”

The Institute’s petition is addressed to H.E. Yoweri Museveni,
President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta,
President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Jacob Zuma,
President of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi,
President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn,
Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H.E. Omar Hassan al-Bashir,
President of the Republic of the Sudan, H.E. John Magufuli,
President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Paul Kagame,
President of the Republic of Rwanda, H.E. Muhammadu Buhari,
President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and H.E. Hage Gottfried Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia.

The violent conflict in South Sudan continues to deteriorate as the peace agreement that provided a crucial prospect for South Sudan to save itself and the region from a protracted violence continues to suffer violations. The Institute hopes the presidents petitioned would help avert the ongoing catastrophe against South Sudan’s population.

Since the violent conflict broke out in December 2013 over 3.5 million people have been uprooted from their homes and an untold number have been killed. The violent affected civil population as well as Aides Workers targeted while delivering much needed relief aides to the displaced population.

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