Oct 15, 2017(Nyamilepedia) — While downplaying the suffering of his own people whom he believes are being killed, raped or displaced by “the Social Media”, South Sudan’s troubled President, Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit, thinks that the American children are suffering more than the South Sudanese children.
During a recent interview in Juba by the Washington Post, Mr. Kiir, whose term in office expired in 2015, shows very little regrets for the death of his people.
Instead, Kiir is disturbed that the American children are suffering as they are being targetted on the roads, something he believes is not witnessed in his war-torn country.
“Whoever have you found shooting the schoolchildren on the bus here in South Sudan? It is happening in America” Mr. Kiir rhetorically asks the Washington Post journalist.
Overlooking the dire consequences of a war he directly commands, Mr. Kiir neither regrets anything nor promises to silence the guns any time soon but rather blames his former Vice President turned rival and social media for fueling the conflict.
According to the reports of the African Unions, Human Right Watch and the United Nations, South Sudan’s conflict is directly organized by the higher organs of the government and government soldiers have committed gruesome atrocities including raping of American citizens and killing of American journalist, Christopher Allen.
While between 50, 000 to 300, 000 South Sudanese have been killed in the conflict, more than 4 millions people have been displaced to Protection of civilians sites within the country or to refugees camps in neighboring countries.
A peace deal signed by Kiir and Machar in August 2015 has collapsed, however, Juba has shown no interest in a renegotiation of the peace process or resuscitation of the collapsed peace deal.
On the other hand, Kiir’s main rival, Riek Machar, whose forces control many areas in the country, has been barred from returning to the country following a forced eviction from the capital, Juba, in July 2016.
Though Machar remains in exile in South Africa, his influence within the country and abroad remain significantly high.
Fighting has continued to intensify since Machar’s forced eviction in July 2016 as Juba tries to take Machar’s strongholds in Upper Nile and Equatoria regions.
Efforts are being made within the region to get Kiir and his rivals to a mediation table to silence the guns and reconcile the country, however, very little progress has been made so far.