By Bianca Larissa Taberna
Bianca’s blog post from last week discussed international foreign aid to South Sudan. Today, Bianca discusses Canadian aid to the region and where it now plays in the Canadian government’s priorities.
Canada has a history of established diplomatic ties to South Sudan. It has been quite involved in South Sudan’s path to sustaining a viable democracy. However, just before the violence in Juba commenced Canada decided to decommission its only task force in Sudan. With the advent of the recent conflict, Canada has yet to re-institute the task force, but has provided support to external groups currently working in South Sudan. In late January, arrived in South Sudan to lend a hand to the International Committee of the Red Cross in highly affected areasUnited States, Canada has indicated plans to scale back their involvement the .
CBC reports that the andadvised Canadians to leave South Sudan. Furthermore, there has been discussion in Ottawa to reduce the provision of foreign aid, amidst the continuous increase of violence. Globe and Mail has acquired a document in which the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) suggested discontinuing the aid . The report states, “” the same report also advises that aid should in fact continueCIDA’s report claims that the support for South Sudan must continue to avoid “”.This is problematic and puts into question Canada’s true diplomatic intent. The report seems to propose that foreign aid only be provided at the benefit of the contributor, rather than the nation that needs support.
It is evident that the international community is very aware of South Sudan’s current circumstance. The possibility that the current violence could into a civil war has been repeatedly acknowledged by the United Nations, the United States, and Canada. However, the hesitancy of to continue providing foreign aid is the issue up for dispute. completely cut off at this point in time; the present situation remains highly unstable and could set the conflict down a detrimental path. foreign aid provided thus far has helped countless civilians affected by the conflict. The efforts of mainstream Western media to keep the public informed about the events in South Sudan, and the surrounding region, should also be commended. It is very important to ensure that the world is conscious of what is presently happening, and what could happen if a peaceful agreement is not established. History has surely taught the international community that indifference causes the greatest destruction.