South Sudan: A ceasefire and let’s pray for our friends

This past week I met one of my best friends from South Sudan. He came to the Unites States of America as a refugee from South Sudan after a long war destroyed his country. My friend is always smiling, but the day I met with him he couldn’t smile at all.

He tried to describe what was happening in his home country and he couldn’t believe that the war could happen again. “Last year when I went to Juba, It was very quiet and people were enjoying peace time,” he told me.

Then he explained to me what happened four days ago at Juba, the capital of South Sudan. “The heavy fighting between President Salva Kiir and his rival, Vice President Riek Machar, caused a lot of people to die in my home country. Some of my friends are killed and hundreds of people fled their homes because of the war,” he added when we were talking about the situation in South Sudan.

I wasn’t happy at all when I heard that war has happened again in this country, especially because South Sudan won their independence in 2011. In 2013 the country was in fire after President Salva accused Machar of attempting a coup d’état. During this last fighting, at least 270 people were killed and both sides have been accused of committing atrocities in the conflict.

Here is what I think, why are these two men ( Salva and Machar) still fighting between them and killing civilian people? There is not any other solution than fighting?

This is happening while that U.N’s mission in South Sudan has hundreds of peacekeepers, and my question here is to know what they do to protect civilians? After this happened, UN security council urged to impose an immediate arms embargo on South Sudan and to fortify the UN mission South Sudan. I do think that the international community has responsibility to stop this war and find a solution for this leaders fighting between them and killing innocents people.

When my friend from South Sudan was telling me about the situation, his question was to know what the international community will say if this country is going back to 1991 and 2000, when a lot of people were killed and a big number of them died from the resulting famine in the following years.

On July 14, the people from South Sudan will be celebrating 5 years of independence, and it is sad to celebrate in this situation. Let’s pray for our friends from South Sudan to have peace in their country.

May God be with you

Thank you.

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