Representatives of US and UN on Wednesday warned of intensified violence, possibly plunging the war-torn country into a ‘genocide’
“We have credible information that the South Sudanese government is currently targeting civilians in Central Equatoria and preparing for large-scale attacks in the coming days or weeks,” Keith Harper, the U.S representative at the UN Human Rights Council, was quoted in media reports.
Similar warning have been voiced by the U.S. ambassador to the world body, Samantha Power.
“We are raising the alarm. We are calling on the government of South Sudan not to move forward with the offensive they have planned,” Power told VOA.
In a separate interview with media channels, South Sudan’s envoy to the UN, Kuol Alor Kuol Arop denied there was a build-up of forces or plans for offensives.
A three-member UN Commission on Human Rights who were on a ten-day visit to the country, also warned that South Sudan is on the brink of catastrophe if the situation is not contained comparing the violence to what happened in Rwanda.