As president and ex-deputy trade abuse, world’s newest state marks fourth year of independence with little to celebrate.
July 9, 2013 marked a moment of hope for South Sudan when it split from Sudan to become the world’s newest nation. A chance to put behind decades of war and hostilities.
But after a little more than two years of freedom, the country was plunged back into civil war.
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Fighting began in the capital Juba in December 2013, when president Salva Kiir accused his sacked deputy Riek Machar of planning a coup.
A report by the UN mission in the country said a recent upsurge in fighting has not only been marked by allegations of “killing, rape, abduction, looting, arson and displacement, but by a new brutality and intensity”.
“The scope and level of cruelty that has characterised the reports suggests a depth of antipathy that exceeds political differences.”
With South Sudan now in the grip of a humanitarian crisis, what can be done to bring peace to this fledgling state?
Presenter: Adrian Finighan
Elias Nyamlell Wakoson – Researcher from the Ebony Center for Strategic Studies, a think-tank promoting good governance in South Sudan.
Eric Reeves – Professor and Sudan historian at Smith College, Massachusetts.