On Monday, as U.S. and African leaders and businesses held panels on Food Security, Investment in Women, and Wildlife Trafficking, South Sudanese gathered blocks away to call for South Sudanese unity in Washington, D.C.
With placards that read, “One Nation, One People,” and, “64 Tribes One Nation,” the ralliers came together in an apparent protest of President Salva Kiir who is accused of slaughtering more than 10,000 Nuers, among other human rights offenses, in order to stop a potential coup. Across the country, the South Sudanese have been protesting the actions of the President who they feel is trying to single handedly create an ethnic war between the Nuer and the well-known Dinka, which is why D.C.’s ralliers are insisting on “one nation.”
In addition, thousands of South Sudanese who reside in the United States reportedly feel that in the face of President Kiir’s human abuses, he should have not been invited to the U.S.-Africa Summit. Still, ralliers remained in good spirits and were energized in getting their message across.
Watch the rally here:
See a photo gallery of their activities here:
The South Sudanese are reportedly holding a larger protest on Wednesday.