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S.Sudan elite to blame for looming 'man-made famine': UN

Published on Jul 9, 2014 12:36 AM
 

JUBA (AFP) - South Sudan's "self-serving elite" of leaders and rebels are responsible for a looming "man-made famine", the departing United Nations chief for the country said Tuesday, on the eve of the war-torn nation's third birthday.

"Thousands and thousands have been killed," said Ms Hilde Johnson of the UN mission in South Sudan, lashing out at both the government and rebels, warning that one of world's least developed nations has "been set back decades".

Leaders were sick with "the cancer of corruption" with the country's billions of dollars worth of oil "a curse rather than a blessing," she said in a stinging criticism.

More than 1.5 million people have been forced to flee almost seven months of war, as a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar spiralled into brutal ethnic conflict.

 
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