The United Kingdom has said genocide is ongoing in South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation.
South Sudan descended into civil war in December 2013 following flareup if violence followed by civilian massacres in the capital Juba by pro-government militiamen known as Mathiang Anyor.
The British Secretary for International Development, Priti Patel, who visited South Sudan and met President Salva Kiir last week says massacres are on going on tribal basis calling it a genocide.
“It’s tribal, it’s absolutely tribal, so on that basis it’s genocide,” she said. “Other leaders in the region cannot sit on their hands here. They themselves have to call on President Kiir to do more. If there’s a national dialogue plan, regional leaders in my view should be taking the lead on that, in terms of how they influence President Kiir but also how they support the national dialogue as well to bring peace and reconciliation to that country.”
She added that “massacres [are] taking place, people’s throats are being slit”, and urged foreign leaders to do more to force the country’s government to end the conflict in which tens of thousands of people have been killed.
Partel wondered why the African Union was created if the continental body is unable to give the continent a strength to protect its people.
“This is about international pressure,” Ms Patel said. “Where is the voice of the African Union? This is an African Union that was created to give strength to Africa. Where is that voice? Why are they not standing up for the people that are being massacred over the border who are their fellow African brothers and sisters?
Meanwhile, 100 gunmen attacked Kober prison trying to free al-Bashir
Around one hundred gunmen attacked Khartoum’s Kober Prison on Tuesday night trying to free the country’s ex-leader Omar al-Bashir and members of his regime from detention, sources said.
Al-Bashir who has been Sudan’s leader since coming to power in a bloodless coup in June 1989 was ousted by the military in April following months of protests.
He was arrested and put under house detention before he was moved to the Kober prison he once detained critics.
Speaking to whisper eye media team, one source said around 100 armed men attacked the notorious prison and that their aim, the source said, was to free al-Bashir and former members of his regime.
“More than or around 100 people armed with light machine guns attacked the [Kober] prison on Tuesday night,” the source said
“Their motive was to set free former president Omar al-Bashir from current detention and also to free his men who were working with him,” he added.
The sources also confirmed that al-Bashir and members of his regime are still inside the prison adding that heavy security presence and security reinforcements were made in the vicinity of the prison after the incident.