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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.
"Former enemies from north and south Sudan failed on Thursday to reach an agreement on a key referendum law at the break of the latest round of talks with US special envoy Scott Gration."
"Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu on Thursday reaffirmed China's no involvement policy in Burma's internal affairs and called for peaceful solutions."
"The US envoy to Sudan said he would push the country's former civil war foes to clear two stumbling blocks in their faltering peace deal as he visited the state's oil-producing south on Wednesday."
"Southern African leaders have ended a regional summit by calling on the international community to lift all sanctions on Zimbabwe."
U Win Tin, a founding member of Burma's leading Democratic opposition party, the National League for Democracy, has written an op-ed in the Washington Post addressing the upcoming 2010 elections in Burma.
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