For the past six years, the people of South Sudan have lived with the violence of civil war, and it has taken a significant humanitarian toll: 400,000 South Sudanese citizens have been killed, 1.9 million have been internally displaced, and 2.3 million have fled the country. Over seven million people — about two thirds of the population— are in need of aid.
Last September, there was a glimmer of hope when the warring parties signed a new peace agreement to end the violence and form a unity government. Today, South Sudan is at a turning point: the signers of the agreement must live up to their promise and meet a critical deadline, set forth in the current peace deal, to refrain from violence and form an inclusive, sustainable transitional government.
Senate Resolution 371 reaffirms the commitment of the U.S. Congress in supporting peace in South Sudan, encouraging the successful implementation of the new transitional government by the impending deadline. Failure to meet this deadline could trigger renewed violence, mass displacement, and greater suffering.
Please urge your Members of Congress to pass Senate Resolution 371. Peace in South Sudan depends on it.