United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) peacekeepers stand guard at an entrance to the Tongping UNMISS base in Juba. FILE PHOTO | FILE | AFP
The EastAfrican has learned that Juba is seeking troops from Egypt and Tanzania, whom the leaders believe will be neutral as compared with frontline states like Ethiopia and Kenya that were supposed to provide the regional protection force.
South Sudan is facing an arms embargo and targeted sanctions, especially after the Sentry Report revealed that the top leadership of the youngest country in Africa have been looting it since the signing of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Nairobi.
The challenge now is that countries that would provide the troops are unwilling to risk the lives of their soldiers in a direct confrontation with South Sudanese troops.