I was born a refugee. Over 40 years later, I still have no home and no country to return to. Eight million people have died due to conflict in South Sudan since my family was forced to flee – that’s more than the combined population of Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia and Seychelles.
Millions more have been displaced, and decades of suffering and instability have given birth to a violent, frustrated, and highly militarised society. As the African Union prepares to meet this week in South Africa, there is more need than ever to prioritise a solution to the conflict in South Sudan before it engulfs the entire region. By REMEMBER MIAMINGI.
South Sudan became the world’s youngest nation almost four years ago as a result of an overwhelming vote for independence following the historic peace deal with the north. But the initial euphoria soon gave way to internal conflict. Unlike South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC), which managed to unite the country in its post-conflict infancy, squabbles over power and position within the Sudanese Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM) quickly led to mass murder along ethnic lines.
People are dying daily as a result of the civil war, hunger, and preventable…
Source : Daily Maverick