Africa Now August 17, 2016
Topics and Guests: Crisis in South Sudan and African World Films
Topics and Guests: As South Sudan approached its fifth Independence Day on July 9, the country was rocked by clashes between forces loyal to the President Salva Kiir (the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army [SPLA]) and First Vice-President Reik Machar (the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition [SPLA-IO]). From July 7th to 11th the two opposing sides battled around the capital Juba causing the deaths of civilians. A Human Rights Watch report released this week South Sudan: Killings, Rapes, Looting in Juba states: “The peacekeepers [United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)] did not venture out of the bases to protect civilians under imminent threat.” (South Sudan: Killings, Rapes, Looting in Juba--Arms Embargo, Additional UN Sanctions Needed, Human Rights Watch, August 15, 2016) Battles persist throughout the country regardless of the ceasefire in Juba and 52,000 refugees have fled into Uganda since the clashes. Meanwhile the UN Security Council, at the prompting of the African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), voted on August 12 to have 4,000 more African troops to be part of UNMISS with expanded powers. Joining Africa Now! to dissect the crisis in South Sudan is Mr. Nii Akuetteh, an independent Africa policy analyst based in Washington, DC and is the Executive Director of African Immigrants Caucus. Mr. Nii Akuetteh is an independent Africa policy analyst based in Washington, DC and is the Executive Director of African Immigrants Caucus. He was formerly the Executive Director of Africa Action and former director of OSI West Africa in Nigeria. Prior to that he was a Georgetown University Adjunct Professor of African Affair and former Research Director at TransAfrica Forum. Mr. Akuetteh appears regularly on various media outlets such as Al Jazeera, BBC, CCTV, NPR, The Real News Network and more. Also featured on Africa Now! a discussion on films from the African World that will be presented at the 10th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival Washington DC August 19-21. The African Diaspora International Film Festival Washington DC features films from the Africa World all over the globe. A trailer of one of the films—STAND DOWN SOLDIER—is also presented on the show. The discussion about the 10th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival Washington DC features Diarah N’Daw Spech and Reinaldo Spech, Co-Founders and Co-Directors of the African Diaspora International Film Festival.
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