Statement on Recent Reports of Violence in Leer County, Unity State


November 29, 2023 – The Embassy of the United States is gravely concerned over recent reports of fighting in Leer County, Unity State.  We are particularly concerned about reports of casualties and displacement of civilians.  We call on the transitional government to act with urgency to end the violence.  All those in positions of authority and influence in South Sudan must commit to resolving differences through peaceful dialogue.

We recall the history of horrific human rights violations and extrajudicial killings in Unity State.  We renew our call on the transitional government to release the long-delayed findings of the investigation into the April 2022 violence in Leer County.  The perpetrators must be held accountable.