UN Fears “Ethnic War” in S. Sudan

UN Fears “Ethnic War” in S. SudanUN Fears “Ethnic War” in S. Sudan

The UN’s special advisor on preventing genocide, Adama Dieng, said he feared escalating ethnic violence in South Sudan, as the EU offered emergency aid for the swelling number of refugees on Friday. Speaking in Yumbe in neighboring Uganda, the EU’s humanitarian aid commissioner offered €78 million ($85.2 million) to help the refugees, with 30 million earmarked for Uganda, AFP reported. “I am truly alarmed by what I saw today,” said Christos Stylianides. “I think that the crisis is largely underestimated. The needs are huge and they continue to grow.” The UN’s Dieng warned of “extreme polarization among some tribal groups, which has increased in certain places” since July’s fierce fighting in Juba between President Salva Kiir’s largely Dinka soldiers and his arch-foe Riek Machar’s mostly Nuer rebels. Dieng said “what began as political conflict has transformed into what could become an outright ethnic war”. “There is a strong risk of violence escalating along ethnic lines with potential for genocide,” he added.


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