By: Steve Dellar | 10-26-2017 | News
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Nikki Haley Evacuated from South Sudan

Rising star within the Trump White House Administration and United Nations Ambassador Ms Nikki Haley had to be evacuated from a UN camp in South Sudan when protests erupted against Sudanese president Mr Salva Kiir.

After Ms Haley had left, security guards unfortunately had to fire tear gas into the crowd of some 100 people to disperse them as they started looting the office of a local charity.

South Sudan has been engaged in a civil war over four years now, which has left 50,000 people dead and some 2 million displaced.

Just as many other western powers, the US is not too impressed with the current government of South Sudan, and Ms Haley admitted that she told President Kiir exactly this. "I didn't come here to talk. I came here to say the time for action is now," she said.

"We are not waiting anymore. We need to see change, and we need to see it right away. We have lost trust in this government, and we now need to regain that trust. The only way to regain that trust is through the actions of taking care of all of the people. President Kiir is the president of everyone, not just one tribe, not just one group. In order to be a leader, you have to be willing to take care of all of your people."

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sad but inspiring day in S Sudan. We felt the pain &amp; the passion of the ppl. A govt that doesn&#39;t respect all of its ppl can&#39;t be sustained. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) <a href="">October 25, 2017</a></blockquote>

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The subsequent US governments have poured more than $11 billion in aid into South Sudan over the years, and are not seeing any progress from that funding.

"We are disappointed by what we are seeing. This is not what we thought we were investing in," Ms Haley said. "What we thought we were investing in was a free, fair society where people could be safe, and South Sudan is the opposite of that."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The pain in the stories of refugees from S.Sudan is a reminder we can&#39;t look away. We can&#39;t let armed conflict be their only choice. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) <a href="">October 25, 2017</a></blockquote>

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It is Ms Haley’s first tour of Africa as a US representative to the UN. She first visited Ethiopia, was in South Sudan yesterday and will travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo today.


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Anonymous No. 10398 2017-10-26 : 20:27

She will go far this one.

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