In Summary
  • The latest massacre must serve as a signal to regional and continental bodies that they can no longer be soft on the protagonists.

The ceasefire agreement signed in January has achieved little towards ending the conflict in South Sudan.

Reports of terrible ethnic massacres in Bentiu, the capital of Unity State, indicate that we are looking at civil war and genocide in the making.

South Sudan’s neighbours in the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, on behalf of the African Union, have tried to broker peace. Leaders from the East African Community have also played their part in reaching out directly to President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar.

The United Nations and the wider international community have given strong support to the search for peace.

The latest massacre must serve as a signal to regional and continental bodies that they can no longer be soft on the protagonists.

The peace talks are set to resume in Addis Ababa next Monday, and word must be sent to the two leaders that they must be personally present and not just send emissaries.

President Kiir and former Vice-President Machar must both also be put on notice that they can be held personally liable for genocide and crimes against humanity if the killings go on.