Don't forget South Sudan, Tutu urges

Cape Town - South African Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu on Thursday urged world leaders focused on conflict in the Middle East and Ukraine not to forget the "ghastly suffering" in South Sudan.

The plea by the former archbishop comes days after UN aid chiefs begged donors to increase efforts to stave off looming famine in the African country where nearly one million children face acute malnutrition after months of civil war.

The conflict erupted in mid-December after sacked his vice-president Riek Machar was accused by President Salva Kiir of a failed coup attempt.

Thousands of people have been killed and more than 1.5 million have fled the fighting.

"The situation in South Sudan is crying out to the international community for help", Tutu said in a statement.

He said while South Africa had negotiated a peaceful end to its conflict over the racial system of apartheid in 1994, the country did not do it alone.

"Sustained political, moral and economic pressure by the international community contributed enormously to getting the negotiations going."

The same needed to be done for South Sudan, in the form of support for peace talks and "assistance in averting a growing humanitarian crisis", the Nobel laureate said.

If Kiir and Machar thought working together was impossible "they need only consider the recent history of my own country, South Africa, where former bitter enemies established a government of national unity and jointly laid apartheid to waste", he said.

Stephanes Heunis 2014/07/31 02:56:31 PM
they fight for a worse life, they get it thanks to sa and kie and still they fight. For what? a rich piece off land /minerals and still they are starving. sorry but PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Leon E Young 2014/07/31 04:05:55 PM
Yes Tutu,how easily world leaders forget Africa and even African leaders forgetting their own people's plight.It's mos lekker to jump on the Jewish/Palestinian wagon and neglect and forget the problems on your doorstep!
Bradly Minnaar 2014/07/31 04:21:50 PM
angelanair3 2014/07/31 05:06:38 PM
This is a human crisis. These people are starving and are fleeing for their lives. Why does the world forget them? Is is because they are black? This is a power struggle and the people are used as fodder.... Gaza has Hamas - who gets money from other Arab states. The Sudan has nothing, not even food. One day we will look back and judge the world, yet we do nothing...
JBones 2014/07/31 07:41:02 PM
Who are the ¨world leaders¨that are supposed to help? Surely not those that are so despised by the very people that they are asking help from. Furthermore even if the asked for help is given, what then. Safe bet that in a short span of time there will be chaos again. Africa is like a child in that it cannot be left to its own devices.