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KOT cause Twitter storm over S. Sudan killings

Nairobians on Wednesday took to Twitter to draw the world’s attention to the ongoing mass killings in South Sudan.

Top trends in Nairobi on twitter included #ListentoSouthSudan and #SouthSudan.

The thousands of tweets called on United Nations, the African Union and regional leaders to help quell the violence in South Sudan.

Photos of mutilated bodies also trended as Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) condemned the ethnic massacre in Bentiu town.

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko joined the campaign by retweeting some of the tweets.

“They are our brothers and sisters @mikesonko, South Sudan must get peace in all means #ListenToSouthSudan”

“South Sudan Crisis should be declared a continental disaster. So many human rights being violated. #SouthSudan,” tweeted Edwin Mwangi.

“The pictures coming from South Sudan are gross. The world needs to act. We need to #ListentoSouthSudan,” tweeted Sammy Nderitu.

“Machar and Kiir must be held criminally responsible for the senseless killings in South Sudan. #ListentoSouthSudan,” tweeted Simon Chege.

On Tuesday, humanitarian groups said the fighting would lead to an influx of refugees to Kenya, adding that it had become hard to supply aid in South Sudan.

The fighting, which has been on-going for the last five months, pits soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir against rebels affiliated to sacked vice-president Riek Machar.