UN warns that South Sudan risks spiraling into a genocide
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.