The widow of South Sudan liberation hero John Garang,Rebecca Nyandeng has called on government soldiers to forsake President Salva Kiir.

Talking to VOA’s South Sudan in Focus, Rebecca said the country’s internal conflict benefits mainly the president, who is amassing wealth while soldiers go unpaid

“I am appealing to soldiers of the SPLA not to fight one another, to come back for peace, and leave this senseless war for President Salva,” Nyandeng said Monday.

The SPLA, which fought for South Sudan’s independence from Sudan, split into pro and anti-government factions at the start of the war in December 2013.

Nyandeng said if government solders put down their arms, Salva Kiir “will not be able to stay in power.”

Earlier this month, a U.N. report said South Sudanese pro-government forces killed at least 114 civilians between July 2016 and January 2017 in Yei town.

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