Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


US 'heartbreak, horror' on South Sudan anniversary

10 July 2015, 06:54

Washington - A top aide of President Barack Obama spoke of her heartbreak and horror at the plight of South Sudan, which marked four turbulent years of independence on Thursday under the shadow of civil war.

The world's newest nation was thrust into turmoil 18 months ago when President Salva Kiir accused former vice president Riek Machar of planning a coup, setting off a cycle of retaliatory killings that has split the poverty-stricken country along ethnic and tribal lines.

In a heartfelt and deeply personal statement, National Security Advisor Susan Rice contrasted the joy around the world at South Sudan's independence four years ago with the current predicament the young country finds itself in.

Also Read:UN chief urges end to conflict on South Sudan anniversary

Rice, directly addressing the traumatized people of South Sudan, recalled being in the capital Juba with her 13-year-old son to witness the birth of a new nation.

"Four years later, those happy memories are a horrifying reminder of all that has been lost," she said.

"It breaks my heart to see what South Sudan has become today.

"Massive and widespread violence has returned. Human rights abuses are rampant. The government and rebels are committing appalling crimes against innocent women, children and the elderly."


She pointed the finger of blame squarely at Kiir, Machar and "their cronies," and said only they could end the cycle of violence that has killed tens of thousands.

"Yet President Kiir and Riek Machar would rather haggle over personal power and wealth than agree on solutions."

Rice warned the fighting threatened to destabilise the wider region and called for the warring parties to urgently forge a transitional government.

"The United States will not abandon the people of South Sudan and their right to live freely and at peace in their own country," Rice vowed.

"We will hold accountable those who abuse the people of South Sudan. And the United States along with the international community will punish those determined to drive South Sudan into the abyss."

Also Read: Amid violence, hunger, South Sudan marks 4th birthday

Her sentiments were echoed by State Department spokesperson John Kirby.

"We urge all sides to finally put the people of South Sudan first and demonstrate the leadership necessary to forge a lasting peace," he said in a statement.

"The United States along with our Troika [Britain and Norway] and EU partners stand steadfast in our support to the people of South Sudan on today's anniversary and for the long term."

No official death toll has been kept in the conflict.

In November 2014, the International Crisis Group think tank estimated that as many as 50 000 had died, but killing has continued unabated in the meantime, while hunger and disease have added even more to the toll.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...