UN, AU consider S. Sudan sanctions if violence continues

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SSUDAN-CONFLICT-AID-WFPA picture taken on July 3, 2018, shows a woman cooking maize and sorghum dropped from air by a World Food Programme (WFP) plane in Jeich village in Ayod County, northern South Sudan. (AFP PHOTO / PATRICK MEINHARDT)

A chilling report from the United Nations said South Sudanese security forces killed more than 230 civilians – and raped 120 women and girls – in a five week period from April to May.

This report comes as a shaky ceasefire between the government and rebel forces is in danger, and with the U.N. and African Union now threatening to impose sanctions if it fails.

CGTN’s Girum Chala has more from a conference in Ethiopia.

Agreement after agreement, breached time and time again. The latest violation happened hours after the Khartoum peace deal was inked by President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar.

The African Union and the United Nations voiced their disappointment with the South Sudanese sides.

“The protagonists of South Sudan should honor their commitments,” AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamt said. “They have got into a situation where they sign agreements, and violate these agreements immediately.”

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres agreed, saying he hopes peace prevails.

The humanitarian situation in South Sudan is horrific; the conflict has caused unimaginable hardship against the people of South Sudan. In response, the AU and UN are contemplating sanctions on those who violate peace agreements.