NAIROBI (HPD) — Kenyan President William Ruto has expressed shock at the fighting in neighboring South Sudan and has sent a donation of food by air to the affected people.
Fighting is currently raging between rival militias in the Upper Nile and Jonglei regions of South Sudan.
The fighting threatens to derail a 2018 deal between President Salva Kiir and his old rival Riek Machar.
Ruto indicated that he spoke with Kiir on Saturday and called on him to facilitate dialogue for all parties involved in order to end the fighting.
Kenya has also called on the international community to intervene to stop the instability in South Sudan.
“As a neighbor and guarantor of the peace process for South Sudan I, on behalf of Kenya, bring these issues to the attention of the international community and call for immediate focus and intervention for de-escalation, peaceful resolution and coexistence among all the parties involved,” said Ruto.
The fighting has displaced thousands of people and left many without water, food, shelter or medical assistance.
It is the second time that Kenya has sent food and medical assistance to South Sudan. The other was on November 25.
All of East Africa is suffering from the worst drought in decades. Some parts have already had five dry rainy seasons and others have had rain but very little.