South Sudan: Ethiopia sends 200 peacekeepers to protect civilians

By on October 25, 2017

Ethiopia has sent about 200 peacekeepers to protect civilians in South Soudan, State-run news agency Sudan Tribune reports.
According to South Sudan’s Foreign Minister, the deployment of the troops was in line with a United Nations resolution to stabilize Africa’s youngest nation.
The U.N. Security Council last year voted to increase the number of security personnel in the war-stricken country. The resolution sought to push the overall personnel to 17,000 military and 2,101 police.
The country which seceded from Sudan in 2011 has descended in violence since December 2013. The civil war has left tens of thousands of people dead, forced more than 3.5 million to flee their homes and caused economic collapse.
The capital city Juba hosts a United Nations peacekeeping mission to which the U.S. and China contribute troops as well as international aid agencies fighting hunger that threatens half of South Sudan’s 12 million people.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is due to travel to South Sudan on Wednesday to meet with the country’s President Salva Kiir
According to Reuters, the war, has decimated agriculture and sparked widespread food shortages.
As a reminder, South Soudan has sub-Saharan Africa’s third-biggest oil reserves.

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