Subject: South Sudan Crisis
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20600
April 28, 2015
Dear President Obama,
May 05, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — We the undersigned representatives of the South Sudanese Diaspora Civil Societies and Faith-based Organizations write to you to express our concerns on the ongoing crisis in South Sudan. Sixteen month has passed since the conflict began and the IGAD-led peace negotiation has not made any progress to bring the war to an end. Hundreds of thousands innocent people were killed and over 2 million displaced, living in dire conditions in UN protected camps and other locations, including neighboring countries.
President Salva Kiir, whose terms ends in July has, in a blunt violation of the country’s constitutions extended his term of office for three (3) more years while failed to protect its citizens. This is a clear indication of lack of political willingness on the side of the government to end the war and begin national reconciliation and healing.
The lack of political will to negotiate peace in good faith means South Sudan will continue to spiral into devastating war with an unprecedented loss of lives and suffering if the United States fails to take decisive role in leading the efforts to end the war.
As different external interests play out in this conflict, the war has the potential to destabilize the entire East Africa region, presenting a potential security threat to the rest of the world.
We, South Sudanese Americans appeal to the government of the United States of America to take the leadership role and work with other partners, including the UN to:
- Urge the US Government to lead from the front.
- Urge President Barak Obama to declare President Salva Kiir illegitimate for the Juba massacre which resulted in the killing of over 20,000 innocent ethnic Nuers like he declared former President of Ukraine Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych illegitimate for his role in the deaths of less than 200 demonstrators in February 2014.
- Urge for Justice and Accountability to end the era of impunity.
- Urge for the release of the Report of the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan.
- Urge for withdrawal of all foreign forces from the South Sudan.
- Urge UNSC and the International Community to establishment of an ESCROW account to deny Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GRSS) surplus oil revenue for buying arms to continue the war.
- Call on the US government and UNSC to impose sanction on the government of South Sudan.
- Call on the UNSC to urgently implement its resolution 2206 imposing targeted sanctions on individuals obstructing peace in South Sudan.
- Call on the US Government to implement the Presidential executive order 13664 signed by President Obama.
- Call on the International Community to provide Humanitarian Assistance (health, education, food and shelter) to the war affected areas in South Sudan and famine affected areas in the country.
- Call on the UNMISS to increase protection of displaced persons who are stranded in UN protective camps across the country and call on the world body to restrain the regime in Juba from harassing, intimidating and forcing the IDPs in the UNMISS camps to leave the camps for unsafe places.
Peter Gatkuoth Wadar Kuel
SSIAHR Executive Director
Mr. Malakal Goak 402-932-4266
Nuer Christian Mission Network for North American –
Rev. James D. Rut 402-714-4399