A former U.S. special envoy to Sudan says America should supply weapons to South Sudan's army in an effort to stop brutal killing and "bullying" by government forces from the North.
Andrew Natsios, who served under President George W. Bush, noted that South Sudan is less than a year old but has been "at war" with the North and is nearly defenseless.
"Omar al-Bashir, president of the North and a possible coup target, believes he can secure his future by bombing the South into submission instead of negotiating," Natsios said in an op-ed for the Washington Post.
"Although the South has a large, well-motivated ground army, it has no air force or antiaircraft weapons to defend its people," he continued, adding that the Obama administration arming South Sudan is the "only way to end the North's bullying and foster peace talks."
"If the United States provides the material, the South can end the North's bombing campaign," Natsios wrote.
Land disputes have turned bloodier in recent months as Sudan launched aerial assaults on South Sudan, which is largely Christian.
The United Nations Security Council has already unanimously approved a resolution that would place military sanctions on South Sudan and the North if they don't resolve their issues and cease the violence.
Natalina Malwal is a representative of the South Sudanese community in the United States.
CBN News spoke with Malwal about the attacks on South Sudan and how the international community is responding. Click play for her comments on the situation.