America has to do something to stop South Sudan's bloody unraveling

America has to do something to stop South Sudan's bloody unraveling

America has to do something to stop South Sudan's bloody unraveling

The ceasefire took effect from 6 p.m. on Monday and any member of the Machar-led forces who surrendered must also be protected, Makuei said.

Some South Sudanese, even those with dual USA citizenship, are not being allowed to leave the country, even as the United States, India and other countries continued Thursday to evacuate their citizens while a fragile cease-fire appeared to hold. "South Sudan must respect people's right to freedom of movement, including the right to leave their own country", said Elizabeth Deng, Amnesty International's South Sudan Researcher.

Gen. VK Singh who is the Minister of State for External Affairs has taken two aircraft with him to rescue the 500 Indians. "The never-ending cycle of violence, of debastating violence, of South Sudan must come to an end now".

"Why not? We have the capacity to support the government of South Sudan and we were there before", said the plain-clothed officer accompanying the convoy. 450 of them are in Juba and almost 150 are outside the capital. An additional 130 military personnel now in Djibouti are also prepared to provide support as necessary, the White House said.

United Nations peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said Kiir's troops were in "full control" of the capital while Machar's former rebels were "scattered" nearby along the city's western outskirts.

South Sudan was hit by renewed violence between government forces and former rebel troops that left hundreds dead earlier this week, leading to fears that the country's two-year civil war could be reignited. Germany's foreign office said those evacuated on Wednesday included three wounded Chinese peacekeepers from the United Nations mission in South Sudan. The United Nations said that a total of at least 36,000 people have fled their homes in Juba since the latest bout of fighting erupted, while three quarters of the population need humanitarian aid.

"We remain very anxious about the potential for the resumption of violence and spillover into other parts of the country", said Ladsous. "He thinks that his ministers are not secure, and they can not be safe" Kiir explained.

The German airforce completed the evacuation of about 200 people from the South Sudanese capital Juba on Wednesday including citizens of Germany, the Netherlands and other countries.

South Sudan was founded with optimistic celebrations in the capital on July 9, 2011, after it gained independence from Sudan in a referendum that passed with close to 100 percent of the vote.

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