Both Machar and Kiir committed to peace but at loggerheads #SouthSudan

According to the Southern Africa editor of the Africa Report, Crystal Orderson, many people are now fleeing the country in South Sudan, following the attack of the United Nations camp outside Juba.

The camp houses more than 200 thousand displaced people, as a result of the the fighting between the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) loyal to President Salva Kiir and the SPLA in opposition, which backs First Vice-President Riek Machar.

Orderson says the situation remains tense, and it's difficult for the United Nations and other peace makers to resolve conflict.

I know having interviewed both of them there is a commitment towards peace but I think their personalities are so strong.

Crystal Orderson, According to the Southern Africa editor of the Africa Report

They hate each other. They own separate armies. They don’t like each other.

Crystal Orderson, According to the Southern Africa editor of the Africa Report

We now saw the Amnesty International saying a lot of people are fleeing Juba, but are not being allowed by South Sudan soldiers to leave.

Crystal Orderson, According to the Southern Africa editor of the Africa Report

She says African Union Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa have been among the key peace negotiators.

I think as she leaves, this is one issue that she would relay like to see some sort of closure.

Crystal Orderson, According to the Southern Africa editor of the Africa Report

Listen to the full interview below for more information...


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