South Sudan bleeds, and the nation’s leaders must now staunch the wound

Soldiers from South Sudan's army patrol the streets of Malakal in the Upper Nile State of South Sudan on December 31, 2013. PHOTO | SAMIR BOL

What you need to know:

  • It was only a matter of time before the war between the largely Islamic and predominantly Arabic north and the south would morph into a post-independence power struggle
  • Kiir and Machar have no alternative but to lay down their arms and begin to cultivate in the new nation a culture of dialogue and consensus

Why am I not surprised that South Sudan is imploding just two years after becoming an independent state? Perhaps it is because, deep down inside, we all expected something like this to happen.

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