The ethnic tension in South Sudan halted for a period of time as they unified to gain independence from North Sudan. However, now that independence is there’s, the ethnic tensions have resumed, resulting in massacres across the country.
According to a New York Times article, since South Sudan gained independence ethnic tensions have resurrected, resulting in violence and massacres. One incident in particular is troubling to me. According to the article, the United Nations peacekeepers were told about a massacre taking place in Murleland days in advance. The United Nations sent 400 troops to help the Murle Tribe, who resides in the area and had helicopters track the Nuer, the rival ethnic group who was planning the massacre.
This comes in retaliation to the Murle’s killing 600 Nuers and abducted scores of of children, according to the article.
When the Nuer arrived in Mureland, the UN troops did nothing! The troops said they were outnumbered (8000 Nuers to 400 UN troops) and could have “easily been massacred themselves.” However, they did say they warned the Murle tribe about what was going to happen, so most of them fled to the surrounding bush. They were found.
This is just outrageous! Even if you are outnumbered (and they were by quite a large number), they still had notice days in advance and they tracked the Nuers as they made their way to Mureland. They should have fired guns from the helicopters, armed the Mure tribe, sent more troops (after all there was 3,000 troops stationed in South Sudan) or done something other than sitting and watching these people be massacred. I understand they were outnumbered, but they were sent for a reason.
If soldiers are just able to sit back and watch people get massacred, there is no doubt in my mind that history will be repeated, and another Rwanda will happen.