Washington, DC, December 24, 2013 (SSNA) — The current crisis in the Republic of South Sudan caught many by surprise, and the violence shows no signs of slowing down, much less stopping. Thousands of innocent lives, through target killings, have been lost mostly in the hands of government forces in general and the presidential guards in particular. The killings, which ensued after infighting among the presidential guard – the cause of the war, enrage the entire world community, but less has been done to hold the culprits to account. The carnage continues to this moment. Civilians are stranded in what are nothing short of concentration camps and food, water, and other basic service are denied. Shocked by the direction the country is taking and afraid of an imminent slide into civil war, concerned South Sudanese – Americans in the US have organized themselves under the umbrella of Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora (ASSD) to educate the American public, concerned US government agencies, congress, the Whitehouse and the UN, about the realities on the ground so as to devise and advocate for plans for an immediate cessation of hostilities, delivery of humanitarian assistance, and a return to peace. The body is urging the UN to do more and formulate the following recommendations to immediately rescue the situation.
Formation of interim administration, assisted by the IGAD, AU, UN and the US, to oversee the dialogue between the warring parties so that no party is in the position of power. This is because the current administration lost credibility in the eyes of the populace as it is implicit in the crisis and the subsequent carnage
Immediate evacuation of all the refugees now resettle in the UNMISS camp to their states of origin. The refugees are in danger of reprisals and the UNMISS currently has no capacity to protect them should armed groups decide to take matters into their own hands
Formation of investigative committees to investigate the massacre of innocent Nuer civilians in Juba
Disengagement of the neighboring countries, like Uganda and others from involving in the affairs of South Sudan
Separating individuals from the core problem and shifting focus to the needs and aspirations of population
Involvement of the ASSD in the coordination of the peace efforts between different factions from the opposition