South Sudan is the worlds newest country and has been on the brink of Civil War for the better part of the last 2 years. Last year the United Nations failed to pass an international arms embargo on the country, an opening that countries like the UK have gone on to exploit.
On August 1st 2017, Human Rights Watch released a 52 page report documenting the spread of violence and abuses of Government against civilians in some of the hardest hit areas of the conflict. The following is a summary of this report, teaching you everything you need to know about the War in South Sudan to date.
As the military of South Sudan is re-capturing land from “opposition control,” from January to May 2017, tens of thousands of people have been displaced, countless more have died and the humanitarian crisis facing the country at large continues to escalate.
As South Sudan’s Government Forces Continue To Kill and Rape Their Own Citizens, Humanitarian Aid Organizations Criticize The UN for Not Doing Their Job
As the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan continues to deteriorate, as government forces continue to kill their own citizens, Amnesty International and several other aid groups are openly criticizing the United Nations for not doing more to stand up against the threat.
UNICEF: There Are An Estimated 16,000 Child Soldiers Fighting In South Sudan – Numbers Continue To Grow
In South Sudan, 2 million families have been displaced by violence, nearly half of all children do not attend school, 41% do not have access to clean water and +250,000 others are suffering from acute malnutrition. Conditions ripe to produce the worlds highest concentration of child soldiers.
What 16,000 International “Peacekeeping Troops” and Humanitarian Aid May Not Be Able To Prevent: Another War in South Sudan
After a two year Civil War which killed +50,000 and displaced hundreds of thousands more ended in 2015, South Sudan is dangerously close to another Civil War and the same authorities which once brokered peace may not be able to stop it