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War has been hell for South Sudan’s people, but it has been very lucrative for the country’s leaders and commercial collaborators, South Sudan’s war profiteers. South Sudan has been torn apart by three wars in the last 60 years. Two and a half to three million people have perished as a result of these wars. This legacy has finally caught up to the world’s newest country, as the United Nations declared a full-blown famine in February 2017, a rare declaration that the U.N. hadn’t made for any part of the world since 2011, and multiple U.N. officials have asserted that South Sudan stands on the brink of genocide.
This op-ed originally appeared in the Washington Post, and was written by the co-founders of the Sentry, George Clooney and John Prendergast.
Official, U.N.-declared famines are a rare phenomenon. The last one worldwide was six years ago, in Somalia. Famines are declared officially when people have already begun to starve to death. It is the diplomatic equivalent of a seven-alarm fire. That is where the youngest country in the world, South Sudan, finds itself today, as 100,000 face immediate starvation and another 1 million are on its brink.
On September 27, 2016, a new rebel movement formerly allied to David Yau Yau - and calling itself the Cobra faction - defected from the South Sudanese government. Led by General Khalid Boutros, a former deputy to Yau Yau, the group has declared war against the government. It stated that the government had repeatedly violated the Greater Pibor Administrative Area peace agreement signed in 2014, forcing the group to resume fighting. General Boutros was quoted on Sudan Tribune saying,“We are actually forced to fight, we signed a peace agreement, but the government violated the agreement, so we are forced to fight.”
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Click through for a link to a round-up of news and media surrounding the launch of The Sentry's groundbreaking report “War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay: Stopping the looting and destruction in South Sudan" on September 12.
This list will be continually updated with future Sentry news and media.
On September 13, NOOW partner The Enough Project Senior Advisor Suliman Baldo testified before the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sudan and South Sudan. This inquiry, UK-Sudan Relations – Consequences of Engagement, examined changes in UK engagement with the Government of Sudan, as well as “the drivers of these changes and their likely ramifications.” The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) held this inquiry with the goal of producing “an independent, balanced, and forward-looking review of oral and written evidence to inform the appropriate form of UK-Sudan relations.” The inquiry format allowed government officials, academics, civil society members, and NGOs from the UK, Sudan, and various other countries the opportunity to present written testimony. The APPG requested testimony on four topics: conflict areas, migration and the Khartoum Process, extremism, and humanitarian issues and human rights.
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Board members George Clooney and Don Cheadle join fellow board member John Prendergast and lead investigators at a press conference to present The Sentry's investigative report, "War Crimes Shouldn't Pay: Stopping the looting and destruction in South Sudan." The press conference took place at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on September 12, 2016.
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This op-ed, co-authored by board members George Clooney and John Prendergast, originally appeared in The Washington Post.
South Sudan’s leaders are perfecting the art of the diplomatic bait-and-switch while fighting over the spoils of a resource-rich state, destroying the world’s newest country in the process. The leaders agreed to a peace deal, but have implemented few of its provisions. They have agreed to a new judicial mechanism to try war crimes, but have delayed its creation. They have agreed to allow peacekeepers in, but they restrict their movement and whip up resentment against the United Nations. They have agreed to international humanitarian aid, but their forces obstruct the aid agencies at every turn and even attack, rob and rape aid workers. Meanwhile, more than 5 million peopleare suffering from hunger and require food aid.