MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide warned on Friday of possible genocide outbreak in South Sudan, pointing out the extreme polarization between tribal groups.
"There is a strong risk of violence escalating along ethnic lines, with the potential for genocide," Adama Dieng said.
After visiting South Sudan for five days, he said the country was witnessing mass killings and rape of members of particular ethnic groups.
"I am extremely saddened and disturbed to see South Sudan in its current state and I fear for its people. Even as the conflict becomes ever-more complex, the effects of the December 2013 outbreak of violence linger, and human rights violations committed at that time have not been accounted for. On the contrary, there is renewed violence on a daily basis, and any hope of reconciliation is elusive," Dieng said.
The conflict is ethnic in nature, with Kiir representing Dinka tribe and Machar the rival Nuer tribe.