Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in South Sudan (see below.) South Sudan is locked in a bitter battle over oil with Sudan. South Sudan has all the oil and Sudan has all the pipelines to get the oil to market.
I see the article below discusses oil and the feud between the two countries…but what about the hundreds of thousands of refugees trying to escape the Sudan’s Nuba Mountain region because Sudan President Bashir is viciously bombing them and burning their villages? You have seen the pics here on GretaWire of the crisis. The refugees from the Nuba Mountain region (Sudan) are fleeing to South Sudan in the tens of thousands so it is also a crisis in South Sudan.
I realize the South Sudan is not Sudan (where the Nuba Mountains are and where the cruelty begins) — but South Sudan has the problem: refugees. Refugees are pouring into South Sudan every day. What about the people left behind in Sudan? The only way to get food to the people in Nuba Mountains is via South Sudan (ground) or by air.
I also realize that a newspaper article (below) won’t necessarily capture all that is talked about and perhaps the refugees crisis was discussed by Secretary Clinton. Ever since my April trip to Sudan and South Sudan with Reverend Franklin Graham and Samaritan’s Purse, I have been closely watching to see if there is any world response to this humanitarian crisis.
Hillary Clinton tells South Sudan to make peace
Article by: ANNE GEARAN
August 3, 2012 -
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN – Frustrated by a year of setbacks, violence and a looming refugee crisis in a country whose birth it midwifed last summer, the Obama administration sent its top diplomat to dispense some stern advice Friday.
Make lasting peace and an oil deal with Sudan, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told South Sudan President Salva Kiir, one day after a U.N. deadline for the countries to make progress toward resolving their bitter differences. Sanctions on both are possible if fighting continues.
“A percentage of something is better than a percentage of nothing,” Clinton said, reflecting the U.S. view that South Sudan is only hurting itself by turning off an oil flow on which both countries rely.
Backed by millions of dollars in U.S. and European aid, South Sudan is the world’s newest country and by some measures its least developed. It is locked in a deadly embrace with Sudan, its detested former overlord, that U.S. officials fear is becoming a war of attrition that the northern country is far better able to win.
Disputes over oil and territory threaten to destroy a landmark 2005 peace deal CLICK HERE