A civil war has been raging in South Sudan since 2013. The United Nations has warned that the stage is set for a genocide. Formed in 2011, South Sudan is the newest country in the world. It has over 60 tribes. The main tribes are the Dinka and the Nuer. The country’s president Salva Kiir belongs to the Dinka. To unify the country, he chose a member of the Nuer tribe Riek Machar as his vice president. Kiir’s gamble did not pay off. In 2013, after Machar criticized Kiir, he was fired along with all the cabinet members. Soon, fighting began between the forces of Kiir and Machar. It rapidly evolved into a full-scale civil war between the Dinka and the Nuer.
Today, South Sudan is the most fragile country in the world. 1 in 3 people in the country has been displaced. 70% of schools in conflict areas have been closed or destroyed. There are at least 15,000 child soldiers in the conflict. Despite UN efforts to impose an arms ban, the flow of weapons into the country continues. In 1994, nearly 1 million people died in the Rwandian genocide. The world promised it would never allow such an atrocity to happen again. Today, in South Sudan, the world remains mute and uncaring as it was in 1994.