US ambassador evacuated from South Sudan
The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has been evacuated from a UN camp for displaced people in South Sudan.
The ambassador was evacuated on Wednesday due to a demonstration against South Sudan President Salva Kiir, according to sources. Shortly after Haley left the premises, UN security guards fired tear gas at more than 100 residents who destroyed and looted a charity office operating at the camp.
Haley’s time cut short in South Sudan
Nikki Haley is currently on a three-country visit to East and Central Africa. The ambassador is assessing US involvement in Ethiopia, South Sudan and Congo, where she arrived on Thursday.
Haley met with South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Wednesday when she allegedly told the leader that the US no longer has any faith in the country’s government.
“We are disappointed by what we are seeing. This is not what we thought we were investing in,” Haley said in remarks later released by the U.N. “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.”
South Sudan’s ongoing civil war has killed hundreds of thousands of people and created Africa’s largest displacement of civilians since the Rwanda genocide in 1994.
Featured image: By South Carolina Governor Nikki R. Haley – FCC Field Hearing, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59007796