What’s happening to the numerically few ethnic groups needs no explanation.


In war, none of the parties can claim innocence. The degree of guilt, however, can be ascertained.

Numerous reports by UN teams, human rights organisation and just displaced South Sudanese trudging from disaster to disaster apportion lots of blame to the Kiir’s internationally recognized government.

The result, other than the obvious — deaths — in conflict: famine for the survivors. Amidst this, the UN report says the government continued to sign arms deals.

For example, it cites the Unity State saying evidence 100,000 people were dying — over which period remains unclear — and a million near starvation.

Well, body count in conflict is tricky. It suffices one corpse is too many. Again, in war, fortunes are made and combatants have collaborators out of the conflict zone.

While the international community, as usual, will rally to alleviate the famine, it can do more.

In an opinion piece The Washington Post published early this month, actor Gorge Clooney and many hats-wearer activist John Prendergast had a suggestion: “The international community needs to help make war costlier than peace for the government and rebel leaders and their international collaborators.”

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