UN warns that South Su­dan risks spi­ral­ing into a geno­cide

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

South Su­dan’s fes­ter­ing civil war risks spi­ral­ing into geno­cide, ac­cord­ing to the U.N.’s Spe­cial Ad­viser on the Preven­tion of Geno­cide, who cited re­cent ex­am­ples of eth­ni­cally tar­geted rape, civil­ians be­ing killed with ma­chetes and vil­lages be­ing burned to the ground.

Adama Dieng warned Fri­day of a “strong risk of vi­o­lence es­ca­lat­ing along eth­nic lines with the po­ten­tial for geno­cide,” speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence in Juba af­ter vis­it­ing South Su­dan for five days.

Dieng said South Su­dan is awash with weapons, has an undis­ci­plined mil­i­tary, and is in a hu­man­i­tar­ian and eco­nomic cri­sis in which civil­ians are des­per­ate for em­ploy­ment.

“Geno­cide is a process,” said Dieng, adding that all the el­e­ments are present for a dis­as­ter.

The ac­cu­sa­tion that South Su­dan is at risk of geno­cide is “very un­for­tu­nate,” Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion Michael Makuei told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

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