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South Sudan: A New Nation, Torn Apart by New War

2015-06-23

South Sudan, a tiny country cut out from, obviously, the southern end of the Sudan, four years ago, has fallen back into war, with a population of a little over 11 million in two major ethnic groups at each other’s throats for no reason other than the enmity of its president and vice president.  At least 1.5 million are internal refugees, many of them stuck in overcrowded United Nations encampments, afraid that soldiers from the other side will torture or kill them.

The reason I am posting this note is that the last blog post I made was about a deranged military medical instructor and his abuse of his students; reading about South Sudan made me feel a sense of disproportion and incongruity compared to the nearly private perversions of an instructor.  The story about the medical classes conducted by this doctor was a tiny anecdote compared to the sufferings of millions of African people in a country torn apart by ethnic conflict.  As of May, at least 4.8 million people, half of the country, are going hungry at least part of the time, and many of these are starving.  Compared to the hunger of five million people, of what importance is the misconduct and perversion of a single military medical instructor?

If you want to read about South Sudan, here is a New York Times article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/23/world/africa/as-south-sudan-crisis-worsens-there-is-no-more-country.html

Here is something (a bit dated) from CNN:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/10/world/cnnphotos-south-sudan-abyss/index.html

As you can see from the stories, many of them a year old, on CNN, this has been going on for years and is just getting worse (if it is possible for Hell to get worse.)

There is little that the US government is doing about South Sudan, but there is also little that they can do, short of investing a billion dollars in aid and thousands of troops to protect aid convoys and medical facilities.  There are also other countries with equally serious and pressing problems, Syria for one.  The United Nations has people and facilities in South Sudan, but they can’t stop teenaged soldiers fighting for obsessively hateful warlords on both sides.

It is sad to think about; I thank Heaven that I am not there.

 

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