South Sudan’s Looming Genocide

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By Will C, Franklin & Marshall College

South Sudan fears for their own looming Genocide like their Rwandan neighbors, which resulted in 800,000 deaths in a mere 100 days of chaos between the Hutus and the Tutsis. The help that the proclaimed “Mother of South Sudan” is searching for? The one and only newly elected president of the United States, Donald Trump.

South Sudan is no stranger to violence, as they have had ethnic violence and even a civil war that began in 2013. Although not a bragging right for South Sudan, the country has actually been ranked as the first or second highest country to be susceptible to collapse or conflict since 2014. The “Mother of South Sudan” or Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior weighs in on the desperate situation by saying, “Sixty-four tribes are at each other’s throats. The panel of experts at the U.N. are right. Genocide is looming in our country because nobody is seeing it; the whole world is quiet about it”.

But where does President Trump and the United States come into play? Doesn’t the United States have enough on their plate with the conflict and chaos erupting all across the country?

Nyandeng, a political figure and peace seeker for her war torn country of South Sudan, is looking for aid and awareness so that hopefully there won’t be a repeat of the Rwandan genocide from the mid 1990’s. She also recognizes the issues in the United States and said, “I know Trump categorically told us ‘America First.’ But we just want to have his ear; to learn what is happening in South Sudan; human lives which are being lost unnecessarily; the senseless war which is going in our country, but we want peace”. Although this request seems insignificant, because of the current situation in the United States, it is time to focus on American citizens and work on making America a safer, and more cooperative country.

The United States has been completely divided since Trumps inauguration that sparked numerous marches all across America for assorted reasons. Although I don’t necessarily believe in Trumps rash policies, I do believe if the United States is to progress as one of the most influential countries in the world, we must first address the failing situation at home. Nyandeng does say she is just looking for some awareness to the situation and trumps ear so that genocide may be prevented. I believe that this is a “give an inch take a mile” situation where it starts off with just hearing out the situation and before you know it we are giving precious aid and valuable time that is needed on the home frontier. If the United States were in a more stable condition, then yes there would be more time and available resources to help prevent a potential crisis. Now is the time for America to concentrate on itself and then, when settled, reevaluate foreign affairs, especially those with South Sudan and aiding in the prevention of a similar atrocity to the Rwandan genocide.

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