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South Sudan: a new Civil War

Juba - Only two days after the failed peace negotiations in Sudan, gunmen killed South Sudan reporter Peter Julius Moi by shooting him twice in the back in Juba. He is the seventh journalist to be killed this year in South Sudan, where a civil war is ongoing. His murder occurred days after President Salva Kiir threatened to kill reporters "working against the country".

 

 

Monday, August 17th 2015, the deadline for a peace deal set by US President Obama expired and the leaders missed their last chance to sign an agreement to avoid severe economic sanctions and arms blockades by the US government. Months before, Obama had encouraged both parties, the rebels and the government, to sign a peace agreement that would end the 20-month civil war and bring national unity.

The documentary "Saving South Sudan" is a multi-platform exploration of the horrors of the country's newest civil war and gives a deep insight into the dissension and division of this young country.

Saving South Sudan (Trailer)

Watch the Trailer of "Saving South Sudan" : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tHdggaPyWM

The current civil war began in December 2014, only 9 years after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement. This agreement meant to end the Sudanese conflict that had lasted half a century and in which 1.5 million people are thought to have lost their lives and more than four million were displaced. 

The conflict was also known for the exensive utilization of children as soldiers. The film "We Were Rebels" tells the story of a former child soldier who returns home to help build South Sudan and gives a deep insight into the horrors he experienced and the hopes he has for this new country.

Watch the trailer of "We Were Rebels" : https://vimeo.com/97706316

In 2011, six years after the peace agreement, South Sudan celebrated its first independence day. Three years later, the multitribal coalition that had been ruling the world’s newest country collapsed.

This political disintegration quickly turned into an ethnical conflict, stemming from the competing ambitions of President Salva Kiir - a member of the Dinka, the largest tribe in the country - and his rival and former vice president Riek Machar  - a member of the Nuer, the second-largest tribal constituency.

Since December 2014, when the current conflict began, several tens of thousands of South Sudanese have been killed and more than two millions have been displaced. Thousands of civilians suffer from starvation, and more than one and a half thousand cases of cholera have been reported.

Both sides have resorted to extreme acts of violence such as killing civilians, destructing homes and food stocks, and raping women. If within one week the government still hasn’t signed a peace agreement, human rights groups fear that the situation will only get worse.

The film "A Haunting History" tells the story of Anuol Deng, who studied law in England and returns to his homeland in South Sudan with the dream to help to build up his nation. While setting up his law firm and resettling into daily life, he suddenly has to flee the same bullets that chased him as a little boy, as a new bloody civil war breaks out. It is a painful and frustrating journey, as the law doesn’t seem to apply to this lawless society. The film paints a very intense picture of a torn country and its people, as they lose hope for a peaceful future.

A HAUNTING HISTORY 3 min

Watch the trailer of " A Haunting History".