İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO-14.04.2017 International Development Secretary Priti Patel said the violence in South Sudan is now ‘’genocide’’ which is being perpetrated along tribal lines.
Priti visited the area this week and said there are "massacres taking place, people's throats being slit". She called foreign leaders to do more to force the country's government to end the conflict. She described the situation as "absolutely abhorrent and inhumane" and said earth policy is ‘’scorched’’.
During her visit to the country, Patel met with President Salva Kiir whose government is accused of blocking food aid to reach to some specific areas.
Patel told The Associated Press in an interview in neighboring Uganda, where she also visited some of the refugee settlements which hosts over 800,000 South Sudanese people. Peoplestill continue fleeing their homeland. She said, “It's tribal, it's absolutely tribal, so on that basis it's genocide ". She added other leaders in the region cannot sit on their hands here. They themselves have to call on President Kiir to do more. If there's a national dialogue plan, regional leaders in my view should be taking the lead on that, in terms of how they influence President Kiir but also how they support the national dialogue as well to bring peace and reconciliation to that country ".
South Sudan fell into civil war in December 2013, just two years after it won its independence from Sudan. When war broke out, Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, accused his political rival, former Vice President Riek Machar, an ethnic Nuer, of leading an attempted military coup in the capital Juba that later escalated into a full-blown rebellion. Since the beginning of the war, more than 1.5 million people have fled from the country.