• This very country [South Sudan] which the United States helped to create and then later on abandoned. I am appealing to your leadership to intervene in hope of retracting South Sudan from ascending into a fully scaled genocide.

  • President Obama, you stated that you will directly hold the leaders responsible who obstruct the Peace in South Sudan and I hope that you implement these words within your statement. We hope that the United States makes progress now towards reconstructing the Peace agreement, and to end the use of rape and genocide as a weapon of war against civilians in the country

His Excellency Barack Obama
President, United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama,

The purpose of this open letter is to urgently appeal to the government of the United States to rescue and transform the country of South Sudan. This very country which the United States helped to create and then later on abandoned. I am appealing to your leadership to intervene in hope of retracting South Sudan from ascending into a fully scaled genocide.

The government continues to wage gross catastrophes and human rights violations since 2013. The government perpetuates wars against humanity despite the signing of the Peace Agreement and uses rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war against women and children which has been condemned by the United Nations.

This Peace Agreement which was heavily pushed to be signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia has collapsed in July 2016 after the government of National Unity was formed. Now the hope for peace and stability in Southern Sudan has descending as if it has drowned in the Nile River. The ethnic mass murdering is symbolic evidence of a genocide which continues to unfold. Based on the United Nations report, the July conflict was initiated and directed by President Kiir and his armed forces Chief of staff, General Paul Molong. This has left newly organized groups to form which are the National Democratic Movements and the Murle Ethnic Armed Force group. These groups are now forming against the totalitarian corrupted and ethnocentric regime in Juba.

President Kiir continues to destabilize the country by abusing his authority and power to steal land from other communities in favor of his Dinka tribe. His barbaric army generals continuously perpetuate mass murdering and in 2013 ten American citizens were killed, and amongst them one being Lam Chuol, United States hero and marine who served in Iraq. In addition the ethnic cleansing of the Nuer people in the capital the government continues to commit more crimes regularly against this group of people with impunity. President Salva Kiir strategically targets the peaceful ethnic group such as the, Chollo (Shilluk) people and his government uses a decree to steal the lands from the Shulluk community which they have inhabited since the sixteenth century.

With the genocide progressing under the present regime we need President Kiir to be held completely accountable for all the crimes that his leadership continuously perpetrates. As the term of your leadership is approaching I strongly urge you to take a firm action and stance knowing the turmoil that will unfold for South Sudan's future. During this current moment South Sudan is metamorphosing into a full anarchy which will be difficult for the country to envision a peaceful society.

President Obama, you stated that you will directly hold the leaders responsible who obstruct the Peace in South Sudan and I hope that you implement these words within your statement. We hope that the United States makes progress now towards reconstructing the Peace agreement, and to end the use of rape and genocide as a weapon of war against civilians in the country. On behalf of my people in South Sudan I sincerely thank you immensely for your time and attention at this critical moment in the history of South Sudan.

Sincerely,

Simon Deng
Former Sudanese Slave and Human Rights Activist
2011 UN Watch Freedom Award

A snapshot of better times for South Sudan: U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet South Sudan President Salva Kiir at the White House, August 5, 2014. (Image source: White House)

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