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  • Marking One Year Since Conflict Broke Out in South Sudan

    by Representative Eliot L. Engel

    Posted on 2014-12-11

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    ENGEL of new york in the house of representatives Thursday, December 11, 2014 Mr. ENGEL. Mr. Speaker, last December, a terrible civil conflict erupted in the nation of South Sudan. Two million people have been displaced, 1.5 million don't have enough to eat, and an estimated 50,000 have been killed. The scale of the human suffering and ethnic violence in the world's newest country is shocking.

    It is deeply troubling that so little progress has been made towards a peace agreement between the parties to this conflict.

    Today, I call on both parties to lay down their arms. It is unconscionable that the people of South Sudan should have to endure such suffering due to the irresponsible actions of their own leaders. The parties must set aside their differences and negotiate a non- violent resolution for the good of their young nation.

    The U.S. government must also step up its efforts, using its political and diplomatic influence to bring a lasting end to this crisis. As we mark a year since the onset of political violence in this country, we must reaffirm our dedication to working for peace in South Sudan.


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