On Friday, 5 August 2016, at a special meeting in Ethiopia, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) agreed to deploy a regional protection force to help restore sanity and calm to the embattled South Sudan. For a war that broke out in 2012, this action is long overdue, writes Alex Taremwa.
The world’s youngest country is anything but peaceful. Since fighting began in December 2013, civilian casualties have been a consistent feature of the South Sudanese civil war. A peace agreement signed in August 2015 provided a brief respite from the worst of the violence, but last month saw a vivid return to ethnically motivated killing.This has been happening despite the presence of a relatively large United Nations (UN) peacekeeping force in the capital Juba, and begs the question whether the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is up to the task. Can the African Union intervene?
The United Nations (UN) Mission in South Sudan has revealed harrowing reports of sexual violence, rape and gang rape, by uniformed soldiers and men in plain clothes against civilians, including minors, in Juba. The disturbing revelations follow the resumption of violence in Juba, which has already claimed at least 300 lives.