Published on January 6th, 2017 | by Samantha Netzband0
U.N. Officials Fear South Sudan is on the Brink of Genocide
By Samantha Netzband
Impunity Watch, Africa Desk Reporter
JUBA, South Sudan– Officials at the United Nations are growing concerned that the situation in South Sudan could possibly turn into a genocide. This conclusion comes as the newest country in the world has experienced increased violence since its creation. Two years of violence has left about 50,000 people dead.
A refugee sits in a camp in Uganda, displaced from the conflict in South Sudan. (Photo Courtesy of BBC Africa)
Since South Sudan was created the country has seen widespread violence. Although violence has been present for two years things have picked up since July when aid workers were killed in the capital in Juba and violence increased in the capital city. The conflict in South Sudan is the result of a rift between President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar and other oppositition groups.
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