FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Tuesday, June 28, 2016
I’m gravely dismayed by the incident that happened in Wau, South Sudan. Eyewitness said more than 400 people have been killed in which most of them were targeted based on their ethnicities.
Losing such a number of people within a single day is beyond the crime and this purely amounts to full-scale massacre on innocent civilians.
In this regard, I admitted that the entire communities of Wau are massacred and negatively
affected. This is a tragedy with no name and people should condemn this because these families who lost their lives are part of the diversity that makes us shine and proud everyday.
I question the Government of South Sudan for relaxing to respond and its influence on the targeting killing. This is very sad indeed and there is no ground for the official army of the nations to target one community.
I thought that we are lucky to be the last state in the World to have our sovereignty at last. There are a lot to learn! We can learn from Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Liberia. These countries were in crisis and we should ask how they resolved their differences.
I’m here to extend my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families of Wau incident. I also would like to remind the survivors that our country has been in crisis from December 2013, the collapse of our economy, the worst scenario of Wau today and the possible of automatic change tomorrow.
This is what the TRIOKA, International Community and the United Nations need to take note of. I know the hope of other nations who injected huge effort and money to the birth our country is nearly zero. Our hope too as a nation is tinny and too little.
But I believe we shall overcome!
I recognize the presence of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for its continuous support to protecting the civilians even though some irregularities such as Malakal incident occurred.
I would further appeal to the donors and international community to support the Humanitarian Organizations in order to intervene with medicines, food and non-food items in Wau.
Furthermore, I would recommend UNMISS to extend its operations everywhere across South Sudan because our trust as civilians among ourselves and toward our government is very low due to several incidents that targeted individuals based on ethnic lines.
Although it’s difficult to be accepted, I would finally like to bring to the attention of JMEC and Transitional Government of National Unity to quickly drop or settle the issue of 28 states. I personally believe that the issue of 28 states is among the factors triggering the instability in South Sudan.
Peace Ambassador Gatwech Koak Nyuon
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia