Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Ghana Should Negotiate An End To The Fighting In South Sudan

Surely, the terrible situation faced by the people of South Sudan ought to be of concern to all  Africans?

The deafening silence of Africa's leaders as that nation's selfish elites fight to control their nation's wealth is most unfortunate. And it is shameful.

According to the BBC as many as 100,000 South Sudanese face starvation.
A further one million are said to be on the brink of famine and as many as 4.9 million (42% of the total population apparently) are severely food insecure.

207,000 children are said to be suffering severe acute malnutrition and year on year inflation stands at a staggering  800%.

That sounds like a hell-on-earth existence for most  ordinary South Sudanese.
The question is: Despite our many problems here at home in Ghana, for the sake of the suffering masses of South Sudan,  should the government Ghana not try to end the fighting between President Salva Kiir's South Sudanese government soldiers and forces loyal to the former vice president Riek Machar?

It is totally unacceptable that in 21st century Africa, so much suffering can be caused to virtually the entire population of an independent African nation because their leaders fail to understand that they have a responsibility to improve the living standards of their people by ensuring that there is peace and stability to enable South Sudan's economy to grow.

The question is: Why does President Akufo-Addo not ask former President Mahama to mediate in the fighting between the forces of President  Salva Kiir and  those of former vice president Riek Machar to give the South Sudanese people some respite?

As a result of the dire situation facing them, Ghana  must do all it can to help the people of South Sudan, in their hour of extreme need - by helping to bring an end to the armed conflict there.
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