Today the United States Senate confirmed Molly Phee as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of South Sudan.
The United States has not had an ambassador to South Sudan since August of 2014. Ambassador Phee's confirmation comes at a critical time for the almost four year-old country, which has been torn apart by war and human rights violations since December 2013. A career foreign service office, Ambassador Phee’s past experience at the United Nations and in conflict zones such as Iraq made her a prime candidate for the Ambassador role in South Sudan. This will be her first post as an Ambassador.
Don't Forget To Say Thank You!
Over the past two days, many of you joined us in calling for the Senate to schedule a confirmation vote for Ms. Phee. American leadership in South Sudan and the region remains critical, and the Ambassador to post to South Sudan was vacant for far too long. We'd like to thank those of you who tweeted at Senate leadership and called your Senator to ask them to push for a confirmation vote. Your advocacy worked!
We have one last action for you though. Congress is a busy place, and once you started raising your voices Senators responded very quickly. Make sure to thank your Senator if they took action. You can also tweet the following to thank Senate leadership for hearing you and moving quickly to schedule a confirmation vote:
Seriously, say thank you. It is the right thing to do!
So, What Happens Next?
Having a new Ambassador is not a silver bullet, but it is a step in the right direction. The people of Sudan and South Sudan don't need a miracle, they need ordinary people like us to care and act.
Here's three things you can do right now to stay in the loop and have an impact on the ground in Sudan and South Sudan: