Former South Sudanese leader talks global issues with Anchorage residents

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) Anchorage's South Sudanese community received a visit from the former first lady of the first vice president of the country.

Angelina Teny addressed Anchorage's South Sudanese community on Saturday, discussing the problems the country is facing.

According to Teny, she was forced to flee her country with her husband because of the president.

She says her country is facing famine and genocide. A recent report from the United Nations says 100,000 people are at risk of starving to death.

"When a famine is declared it means people have already died of starvation," said Teny.

A recent report from the United Nations says 100,000 people are at risk of starving to death. According to Teny, the famine is caused by the government. Teny also addressed what she calls ethnic genocide by the government.

"In 2013, in December, in a span of only one week, over 20,000 civilians belonging to one ethnic group were wiped out. This was done by the government," said Teny.

Teny stressed the importance of staying informed and encouraged people to talk to Alaskans about the struggles of South Sudan. In addition to her visit with Anchorage's Sudanese Community, Teny also met with Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz during her visit.