The Coalition of Advocates for South Sudan (CASS) sent requests to the leading presidential candidates regarding their policy on South Sudan. The letter follows:
We, the Coalition of Advocates for South Sudan, write to request your policy on South Sudan should you become President of the United States of America.
Coalition of Advocates for South Sudan (CASS) is a U.S. based group representing tens of thousands of South Sudanese members of the Diaspora and their American friends. The group was established in April 2014 in response to the civil war that broke out in South Sudan on December 2013 after the country’s independence in 2011. The mission of CASS is to help establish a just and lasting peace in South Sudan, and its advocacy is directly informed by events on the ground and by South Sudanese who urgently seek justice, peace, end to violence, and the establishment of a democratic nation with equality for all.
The United States, under the Clinton, Bush and Obama Administrations, has worked tirelessly to support peace in South Sudan; and the U.S. has saved the lives of countless South Sudanese by providing humanitarian aid for people forced to live in some of the most desperate conditions on our planet. Americans representing every faith, race and occupation have lobbied Congress and successive Administrations to end mass atrocities in South Sudan, and Congress has repeatedly demonstrated steadfast bi-partisan support for these efforts. Americans have opened their homes, churches have rallied support, and schools and communities have provided opportunities for South Sudanese who have sought safety in the United States. Many, hope to one day return and rebuild their country.
In South Sudan, a fragile peace agreement was signed between the warring parties. Its implementation must be enforced and the country will require the ongoing friendship of the United States for years to come to help a nation that was isolated and devastated by decades of war overcome the trauma and challenges it faces to develop the capacity and infrastructure to govern and develop in a way that best serves the people of South Sudan. The U.S. must support their tireless efforts, while seeking to provide humanitarian aid to those in need, protection for those in grave danger, and justice for those harmed in such horrific ways during the current civil war.
Americans have shown great love and care for the people of South Sudan, and we are extremely grateful. We thank you for considering our request for your policy on South Sudan, and we look forward to your response.
For the Board of Directors and membership: