Member of Congress Calls for Respected Envoys

Faced with pictures and accounts of the atrocities committed against the people of South Sudan by the warring factions there, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) is calling upon President Obama to send former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to that country to help broker peace.

Wolf presented his request at a press conference on Capitol Hill on April 30 after meeting with an expert from the region. “Today, I stand before you as concerned as I have ever been about the state of affairs in South Sudan and the potential for the recent violence to spiral into genocide – a genocide that could defy even the horrors of Rwanda given the oil reserves that are in play” Wolf said.

Wolf made reference to the thousands who have died in the fighting that has pitted President Salva Kiir’s Dinka tribe against forces composed from the Nuer tribe loyal to former Vice-President Riek Machar. “I heard of civilians, including women and children, indiscriminately targeted and killed,” said Wolf.

“I learned of houses of worship turned from places of sanctuary into mass graves. I was told of ethnic divisions that now run so deep they could take a generation to heal.”

Wolf showed photos of the atrocities that have gripped the young nation since the division between Kiir and Machar surface on December 15. Included in the photos was one of a pile of bodies from the recent massacre in Bentiu.

On May 1 Sudan Advocacy Action Forum (SAAF) wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to adopt Rep. Wolf’s recommendation. A copy of that letter can be found at SAAF is asking concerned individuals to likewise make this request of the President using the White House website.