Monday, September 12, 2016

South Sudan's Civil War Has Made Its Leaders Rich

BBC: South Sudan's Kiir and Machar profited during war - report

South Sudan's political and military elite have made themselves rich while the country has struggled under a civil war of their making, a report says.

Commissioned by actor George Clooney, the document accuses President Salva Kiir, opposition leader Riek Machar, and top generals of profiteering.

It follows the trail of money with links to the families of both Mr Kiir and Mr Machar.

Those named have not yet responded to the allegations.

The BBC is seeking comment from them.

The report's authors spent two years collecting evidence and testimony on behalf of a new investigative unit - called The Sentry - which was co-founded by the US actor.

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WNU Editor: This report follows the UN report on what is happening in South Sudan .... Violence in South Sudan orchestrated by government, UN report reveals (The Guardian).

Clooney and Prendergast have written the following commentary .... War crimes shouldn’t pay in South Sudan (George Clooney and John Prendergast, Washington Post).

More News On How South Sudan's Leaders have Profited From The Civil War

South Sudan Leaders Amass Great Wealth as Nation Suffers, Report Says -- NYT
South Sudan Leaders Sending Millions in Ill-Gotten Wealth Abroad, Report Says -- WSJ
George Clooney Helps Reveal How South Sudan’s Civil War Has Enriched Leaders -- Time
Saving South Sudan From Its Founding Fathers -- Eli Lake, Bloomberg
How George Clooney's Investigative Unit Exposed South Sudan Leaders' Dirty Money -- Newsweek

1 comment:

Aizino Smith said...

Why have another Mobutu Seko?

So we can embargo him for a decade?

Yes he eventually lost power, but I never heard of him losing his 5 billion.

Why help South Sudan against their Khartoum overlords and slavemasters, if this is the result.

Well it is the ruler's fault and not the people.

We'll eventually embargo and sanction them too, while they laugh all the way to the bank

Sanction might not work in the next 20 years or so. The Hague will be meaningless. They might have their money and allegiances in a nonwestern sphere.

So the west will still pontificate and take no direct action and people like RRH will still wring their hands 'til they are bloody.