South Sudan ‘a hijacked state’ new report says

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South Sudan has been described as “a hijacked state” and a “violent kleptocracy” in a condemning new report from the Enough Project.

The report accuses the country’s military elite of hijacking power through violence and profiteering from a five-year civil war that only ended with a tentative peace deal in September 2018. However, the country’s economy remains in tatters and the people in South Sudan are in urgent need of emergency aid while its leaders enjoy luxury.

South Sudan hijacked by its leaders

“In South Sudan’s system of violent kleptocracy, leaders have hijacked institutions and stoked violent conflict, committed mass atrocities, and created a man-made famine,” the report from the Enough Project says.

“Amid the chaos of war, the ruling elites ransacked various sectors of the economy. South Sudan’s violent kleptocracy has distorted the country’s institutions, heaping catastrophic consequences on the national monetary reserve and creating an atmosphere in which too many hands are left to freely and repetitively reach into the public treasury with impunity.”

“Services remain undelivered, business practices undermine the rule of law, and corruption abounds.”

The report also warns last year’s peace deal is in danger of being violated – as every other peace agreement and ceasefire has done since the war broke out in 2013. the Enough Project says the deal, which was signed in September last year, “lacks meaningful stipulations” to prevent further corruption and infighting that could spark further conflict.

The report says South Sudan’s peace prospects will remain weak unless “network sanctions, anti-money laundering measures, prosecutions, and enhanced travel bans” are put in place.

Featured image: “A young girl hangs the South Sudan flag” flickr photo by USAID Africa https://flickr.com/photos/usaidafrica/5925619011 shared as a United States Government Work (PD)

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.