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South Sudan skirmishes worry African leaders
Published on 14-07-2016 - at 12:46' by Théophile Niyitegeka

As African Union summit gets underway in Kigali, South Sudan one of World’s youngest states is being devastated by clashes raising war fears among citizens who are now displaced following fights of supporters of Rieck Machar against president Salva Kiir that started from 7th July, 2016.

The Republic of South Sudan is a landlocked country in northeastern Africa that gained its independence from Sudan in 2011.

It is currently a member of East African Community and African Union.Following the recent fight that started last week on Thursday more than 270 people have lost lives leaving others displaced.

In a press briefing held today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo has said that Africa and Rwanda in particular is worried of what is taking place in South Sudan.

“It is a heavy problem for Africa.The matter is worrying to the region and to Rwanda in particular as we have deployed soldiers there. Few days ago three of our soldiers were wounded,” she said.

Mushikiwabo explained that heads of states will undoubtedly seek a solution for the problem during the African Union Summit.

“Interventions that can bring peace to South Sudan will be discussed here in Kigali so that the risks of destroying lives are eliminated,” she said.

One Chinese soldier died leaving other UN troops including Rwanda peacekeepers in South Sudan injured as fight started last week. Minister Mushikiwabo said that such incidents will not weaken Rwanda but strive always for safety in South Sudan.

“It has been two years. We did whatever is possible to send troops assisting to end political chaos in South Sudan. However it is sad that chaos broke out. We will try our best to ensure the welfare of civilians and agreement of politicians,” she said.

The United Nations announced recently the need for increasing peacekeeping troops in South Sudan to restore peace. Rwanda has deployed 1845 soldiers In South Sudan peacekeeping mission.

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In a press briefing held today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo has said that Africa and Rwanda in particular is worried of what is taking place in South Sudan.

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