Jun 24 2015

Why Are Unspeakable Horrors Unfolding in South Sudan?

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GUEST: Sufyan bin Uzayr, author of “Sufism: A Brief History” and has written about South Sudan for Counterpunch.

A major crisis has been playing out in the world’s newest nation, South Sudan, for about half the time of its existence. Just four years ago, the Republic of South Sudan offered hope for peace when it split off from Sudan. But two years ago, fighting broke out between various groups and there was a rise in unspeakable crimes, many aimed at women and children.

Now, more than 4 million people are at risk of starvation in the land-locked African nation. The World Food Programme has struggled to send food to South Sudan but aid workers have been targeted by fighters. Joyce Luma, the director of the WFP said, “A staggering number of people are going hungry.”

South Sudan has rich oil fields that are at the heart of a power struggle between various factions and the government. To make matters worse there is now a cholera outbreak reported in the capital, Juba, with 18 people dead, and 170 confirmed to be infected.

Find out more at political periscope.com.

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