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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.
Board member George Clooney and John Prendergast's The Sentry's investigative report, "War Crimes Shouldn't Pay: Stopping the Looting and Destruction in South Sudan" was released on September 12, 2016.
Click through for a link to the video that gives an inside look into the nearly 2-year investigation and its groundbreaking findings.
Following a two-year investigation into the assets and wealth of top officials in South Sudan’s government and opposition, The Sentry, co-founded by board members George Clooney and John Prendergast, has released its first findings in a new report, "War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay: Stopping the Looting and Destruction of South Sudan".
Click through for a livestream of the release of the report at a press conference in Washington, DC 2 10am EST, as well as an overview and link to the report.
Today, NOOW partner The Enough Project released its latest report, “Khartoum’s Economic Achilles’ Heel: The intersection of war, profit, and greed" by Enough Project Advisor Suliman Baldo. The report describes the economic vulnerability of the Sudanese government, and why it opens a key window that gives the United States leverage to support a transition to peace in the country.
Click through for a link to the report.
On August 26, 2015, the parties to the conflict in South Sudan signed a peace agreement. However, the first anniversary of the Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan finds the pact in a state of inertia as key planks remain unimplemented. Although it was continuously violated by the government and the armed opposition in the past year, the pact still held. The return of the SPLM-IO to Juba and the subsequent formation of the transitional government in April increased hopes that the government and the armed opposition were set on turning a new page.
The United Nations Security Council has just authorized an intervention force for South Sudan. The mandate of the force would prioritize the protection of civilians and act to bolster the tenuous peace process in the country.
Click for a link to comments, analysis, and interviews on this development, from NOOW partner The Enough Project.