The rain was pouring down when I was on my way to the office this morning, & so were my tears… My heart is heavy thinking about what happened in South Sudan…
My dear South Sudanese brothers & sisters… Whether you are Dinka, Shiluk, Nuer, or other tribes, please remember that you were ONE when you struggled in gaining your independence. Don’t let your diversity divide & tear apart your country.
“I would also like to address a public message directly to the people of South Sudan: The United Nations stood with you on your road to independence. We will stay with you now.
I know that the current situation is causing great and growing fear. You are seeing people leave the country amid increasing chaos.
The United Nations will stay with you. We will do our utmost to protect you, to provide the humanitarian assistance you need, and most of all to help the country re-gain the path to peace.”
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General. 23 December 2013