Tuesday, 18 July 2017 07:30

YOUTH PETITION AU TO RESTORE CALM IN SOUTH SUDAN.

South Sudanese young leaders have asked the African Union (AU) to assume responsibility for the peace process in the war-ravaged country.

 

South Sudanese young leaders have asked the African Union (AU) to assume responsibility for the peace process in the war-ravaged country.
  
A delegation of young leaders, under their umbrella of South Sudan Young Leaders Forum (SSYLF), travelled to Addis Ababa this week to petition the AU to do more and end violence. 

South Sudan Young Leaders Forum is a forum of more than 70 young South Sudanese leaders representing the full ethnic, political and geographical diversity of South Sudan.
 
Beny Gideon Mabor, a member of South Sudan Young Leaders Forum, says regional actors have what he calls vested interests that bar them from objectively addressing the crisis in South Sudan.

Mabor says that if the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is unable to do what it takes, they should cede responsibility for the peace process to the African Union.

Established in 1986, IGAD is a trade bloc bringing together eight governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley, and the African Great Lakes.

The member-countries include Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia and South Sudan.

South Sudan is currently facing concurrent political, economic and humanitarian crises which have taken their toll on the country and the region.

More than 3.5 million people have been forced to flee their homes, most of them seeking refuge in the four neighbouring countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan. 

Uganda alone hosts close to a million South Sudan refugees besides others from Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
 

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