South Sudan is “on the brink of an all-out ethnic civil war,” the head of UN Human Rights in South Sudan, Yasmin Sooka has warned. Conditions in South Sudan are being; likened to those in Rwanda on the eve of genocide and at this point the escalating ethnic violence has left the country teetering on the brink of disaster.
During a special session of the UN Human Rights Council held in Geneva on Wednesday, Sooka warned that the ethnic polarization in the country has continued to breed concern.
The conflict erupted in the world’s youngest country in December 2013 after Mr. Kiir fired his Vice president ,Riek Machar, sparking a civil war that resulted to deaths of tens of thousands while more than a million people fleeing to neighboring countries.
The war has crushed South Sudan’s economy as it now has the world’s highest inflation rate which stands at 873% as of October.
According to a UN survey, about 70% of women in the camps had been raped since the conflict erupted with the majority of them, by police or soldiers. Despite various visits to the war-torn nation by international organizations, Sooka maintains that nothing has changed since the visits.
“The international community has an obligation to act and protect civilians. I leave you with the words of a victim in Wau, who told me…..we don’t need another report, we need the international community to do something,” said Yasmin Sooka.
South Sudan’s government however remains under international pressure to quickly allow the deployment of an additional 4,000 peacekeepers to as part of the process that will help prevent a genocide and help restore peace in the nation.