South Sudan Killings Continue to Spiral

The country created in 2011 to gain its independence from Sudan, is undergoing crucial attacks. “The killing of more than 50 people in a UN base in Bor and the gruesome massacres of hundreds of civilians in Bentiu shows that ethnically motivated brutality against civilians is spiraling out of control,” said Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The UN Security Council needs to act decisively to impress on the warring parties targeting civilians in South Sudan that they will pay the price for their crimes.”

The UN Security Council needs to impose sanctions in order to protect the lives of innocent civilians. Last week, a large group of unidentified armed men, some in security uniforms and others in civilian clothing attacked a UN base. The group began shooting aimlessly, killing 50 people and injuring many more. This attack highlights the need for essential protection of civilians in the base and around it.

“The Bor and Bentiu attacks should be a wake-up call and commanders and leaders responsible for abuses on both sides have been let off the hook for too long,” Bekele said. “Unless they are held accountable for their crimes, the ethnic violence will continue to engulf this young country, with UN peacekeepers left to pick up the pieces.”