The White House has called the massacre of hundreds in South Sudan am abomination and a betrayal of the people by their leaders.

This comes after the rebels who are reported by the UN to have killed these people, to have denied this cruelly act that took place in the oil hub of Bentiu last week. Control of the oilfields is crucial because South Sudan gets about 90% of its revenue from oil.

Kenyans on Twitter have launched a social media campaign under the hashtag #ListenToSouthSudan aimed at calling upon the world to take a look and help the country. They are using these images of the massacred people to promote it. Picture via twitter

Kenyans on Twitter have launched a social media campaign under the hashtag #ListenToSouthSudan aimed at calling upon the world to take a look and help the country. They are using these images of the massacred people to promote it. Picture via twitter

The US statement said President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar must make it clear that such attacks were unacceptable.

A January ceasefire deal has failed to halt violence that began in December. Talks between the two sides which were due to resume on Wednesday in neighbouring Ethiopia have been delayed until 27 April.

“Images and accounts of the attacks shock the conscience” said Jay Carney White House spokesman. Mr Carney said that US officials were also appalled by an armed attack last week on the UN camp in Bor in Jonglei State in which at least 58 people were killed.

“These acts of violence are an abomination. They are a betrayal of the trust the South Sudanese people have put in their leaders,” he said.

The conflict pits Mr Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, against his former Vice-President, Mr Machar, from the Nuer community. And the Dinka were mainly killed during this massacre. Both Mr Kiir and Mr Machar have prominent supporters from various communities, but there have been numerous reports of rebels killing Dinkas and the army targeting Nuers.

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