Target: President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Dr Riek Machar
Goal: Stop attacking civilians in South Sudan
Amnesty International recently made an interactive map of South Sudan, where the conflict between government and opposition forces clash. Unfortunately the violence has affected civilians, and many are caught in the crossfire. The map highlights the suffering and tragedy South Sudanese people have to go through, but if we unite our voices we can ask these forces to stop the fighting.
The interactive map documents the fighting that began in Juba in December 2013 to the present. With each date and location, there is a report of how many people were injured and killed, along with an eye witness testimony. It also details sexual violence, destruction of homes and civilian buildings, and even attacks on shelters where citizens are trying to hide from the fighting. The conflict has forced many millions of people to flee the country, and the populace is about to face a major famine.
The conflict started in the 1980’s when the Sudan People’s Liberation Army fought against government forces. The SPLA’s victory lead to them becoming the national army and gave the country independence, but tension still remains. The soldiers are known to commit heinous human rights abuse and crimes against humanity since the army’s inception. Despite the signing of a cessation of hostilities agreement, both sides violated the treaty and continued with the fighting. Amnesty International made the map during the army’s 31st anniversary as a statement against the violence.
In times of violence conflict, civilians are ones who are harmed the most. Without weapons and funding to protect themselves, civilians have little protection. It is time for both sides to settle their differences and realize the amount of harm they are doing to their people. Sign this petition and urge them both to stop for the sake of future generations.
Dear President Kiir and Riek Machar,
For decades your groups have fought with each other, preventing your people from settling peacefully. These outbursts of violence have been heavily documented by human rights groups and the results are devastating. The fighting has brought a lot of suffering and death to Sudan and it needs to stop.
I am writing this letter to implore both of you to stop the violence. I understand that there is a lot of bitterness and hatred rooted in this conflict, but it is not fair for civilians to suffer from it. Your children will be growing up in this conflict-ridden nation, and I’m sure that none of you wish your young ones to grow up alongside violence. I am asking for the sake of your people to put aside your differences and stop attacking your citizens.
[Your Name Here]
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