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On our Wednesday, July 8, 2015 Program:
“Beyond South Sudan’s Fourth Independence”
South Sudan is marking four years of independence from Sudan on July 9th but the world's newest nation is standing on the brink of failure with the United Nations Security Council imposing sanctions. Six South Sudan commanders are now subject to a global travel ban and asset freeze for perpetuating the conflict in the country. Fighting erupted in December 2013 between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and supporters of former Vice President Reik Machar. The 18 month conflict has displaced more than two million people from their homes and created a humanitarian crisis. This comes as the East African regional body, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), prepares for a new round of peace talks in the coming weeks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The talks are expected to focus on outstanding issues like the structure of the executive, a power sharing formula, integration of the military, federalism and the composition of parliament.
Join us on the next edition of Straight Talk Africa for our live, one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast when host Shaka Ssali and his guests examine the impact of the political instability of South Sudan four years after independence and how Africa’s newest nation can move forward.
John Tanza Mabusa
Host and Managing Editor of VOA's South Sudan In Focus
Washington Studio Guests:
Baak V. A. Wol
Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan to the U.S.
Reath Muoch Tang
SPLM/SPLA Representative to the United States of America
and former Member of Parliament in the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly
Oxfam America Senior Policy Advisor on Humanitarian Response
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Had South Sudanese known that peace would remain elusive in their new nation, would they have voted for independence from Sudan?
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