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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.
"Morgan Tsvangirai, the prime minister of Zimbabwe, took a new tough stance against President Robert Mugabe yesterday, warning: 'You misjudge me at your peril.' Tsvangirai said he would consult the public on whether the fraught unity government was still tenable.
His hard line came as the first European Union delegation to visit Zimbabwe since 2002 said that targeted sanctions would not be lifted until the political rivals had resolved their differences."
Follow the jump for the full text of the article, as well as a link to a video of Tsvangirai's speech.
"A UN-backed international body charged with policing the diamond trade has ratcheted up scrutiny of alleged human-rights violations by Zimbabwe's army and police in connection with diamond production."
"The UN children's fund says the collapse of Zimbabwe's schooling system means up to 10 pupils are sharing one text book, while some rural schools have no books at all."
"Burma authorities on Saturday briefly detained Win Tin, a veteran opposition leader and the country's former longest serving political prisoner, a friend said."
"French energy major Total will not leave Burma, its head told a French daily, after a US environmental group accused it of supporting the country's military junta with revenue from its gas operations."