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?
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
“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.