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news - South Sudan Awaits Oil Bonanza

november 2nd, 2009

"In a village perched a difficult climb half-way up a steep mountain slope in South Sudan, a woman is grinding up leaves plucked from a tree.

The drab green powder--added to some water--will have to make do for lunch.

Extreme poverty, hunger and frequent deadly inter-ethnic clashes make life in the region extremely tough.

South Sudan's semi-autonomous government has received nearly $7bn (£4.2bn) in oil revenue since it took over after a 2005 peace deal, but many question whether it is doing enough for its people."

MORE: "South Sudan awaits oil bonanza" (BBC)

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