South Sudan application for Arab League seat is opposed
Saturday March 17 2018
Women from more than 40 South Sudanese women’s organisations march through Juba on December 9, 2017 to express their frustration and suffering and called for an end to the civil war. PHOTO | AFP
Even after Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Mawien Makol clarified that Juba was only applying for observer status in the 22-member League, the idea did not sit well with most South Sudanese who spent 21 years fighting to free themselves from the Arab North.
Civil society and the opposition said Juba was seeking soft loans from rich Arab countries after the United States and the European Union threatened an aid freeze and arms embargo should the political talks to be held later this month in Ethiopia collapse.
Although English is the official language in South Sudan, a good number of its citizens speak what is commonly known as “Juba Arabic”.