UN blacklists South Sudan generals

WHEN THE ELEPHANTS FIGHT: women and children have been hit the most by the South South Sudanese conflict

WHEN THE ELEPHANTS FIGHT: women and children have been hit the most by South Sudanese conflict

The United Nations Security Council has imposed sanctions on six generals in the South Sudanese warring parties for perpetuating the conflict that has plagued the newest country in the world since 2013.

Three of the generals belong to the Salva Kirr government army whereas the other three are within rebel forces ranks.

The government side sanctioned generals are Major General Marial Chanuong Yol Mangok, commander of President Salva Kiir’s presidential guard unit, Major General Santino Deng Wol, and Lieutenant General Gabriel Jok Riak.

The blacklisted commanders on the rebel side led by Mr Riek Machar are Major General Simon Gatwech Dual, chief of the General Staff, Major General James Koang Chuol, and General Peter Gadet, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations.

The sanctions against these commanders include international travel bans and asset freeze among others.

This week the UN released a new damning report alleging South Sudanese forces had gang-raped, and burned women and girls alive in Unity State as they fought rebel forces.

South Sudan is due to mark 4 years of independence from Sudan next week.

The oil-rich state has been hit by conflict since 2013 and UN has warned of a humanitarian crisis as hungry and malnourished women and children are languishing in refugee camps. The conflict has driven more than 2 million of their homes and country.

Despite international community calls, the government and the rebels have failed to sign on to a deal that would bring peace to South Sudan.

Analysts say even though the new sanctions is a step in the right direction, them alone will not help as neither do these generals fly frequently nor stash millions of dollars in foreign bank accounts.

Nonetheless, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power has said the sanctions show that “those who commit atrocities and undermine peace will face consequences.”