“Don’t expect us to live beneath our status”. That’s the reaction of South Sudan’s presidency to an explosive corruption report released earlier this week. The report, with meticulous detail, illustrated how president Salva Kiir, former vice president Riek Machar and the country’s military top brass have profiteered from civil war by siphoning off the proceeds of the young nation’s oil wealth. Kiir’s office called the report “a piece of Hollywood theatre” and has threatened to sue the people behind the exposé in the US
Following the resumption of violence in South Sudan that has reportedly already claimed at least 300 lives, many are calling for a permanent solution to the troubles in Africa’s newest state. Some say this necessarily involves making an example of the country’s two top leaders, President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar, by trying them at the ICC. Is this how South Sudan will find peace or does the mantra “African solutions for African problems” compel us to look for answers closer to home?
South Sudanese-Australian basketball sensation, 19 year-old Thon Maker has been selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the team’s 10th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. The 7-foot-1 player graduated from high school in 2015. Congratulations on the draft.
Faced with a problem like South Sudan, which from the outside seems an intractable morass of personal rivalries, ethnic and religious divisions, and senseless brutality, it is tempting to put your hands in the air and say: ‘There is nothing we can do.’
The Mundari Tribe is found in South Sudan. They are agriculturalists and cattle herders.
NYUON is a 20-year-old South Sudanese rapper, whose flow is simply swaggy in ‘Your City’. Here, he talks about being born in an Ethiopian refugee camp, assimilating into Australian culture and about the rap competition that initiated his career
Clashes have broken out in three states in South Sudan. This comes only a few days after the country’s warring factions had agreed to stop unconditionally stop the conflict
President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have been given 15 days to reach a peace accord. This follows talks brokered by the Intergovernmental Authority for Development, IGAD for two days
The current crisis and war in South Sudan has gone beyond ethnicity and conflict between the two principal actors. The question now is whether intervention will save the world’s youngest nation from total collapse.