Friday November 24, 2017

The United Nations blames regional leaders division for the failure to end the war in South Sudan – African Reports


The director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Mr José Graziano da Silva, said the South Sudan warring factions were exploiting the divisions among the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (Igad) leaders.

Mr Graziano said in a statement issued by the UN office in New York Tuesday, that a fraction of the Igad leaders supported the government of President Salva Kiir, while another fraction was allied to the rebels under Dr Riek Machar.

The Igad leaders, he said, have the political strength to put to an end the long running civil strife.

The FAO boss noted that the division within the regional bloc was worsening the hunger crisis in the war-ravaged country.

He said donors were fatigued as they were seeing no results for their efforts.

The UN official hinted that there was no political will from the Juba government in the fight against hunger due to high levels of corruption.

South Sudan has been in conflict since December 2013 when President Kiir and his then deputy Dr Machar fell out.

The resultant war mostly took the character of an ethnic Dinka versus Nuer conflict.

President Kiir is a Dinka while Dr Machar belongs to the Nuer community.

Igad member countries include Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.


this report was first published on the East African

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