When I was in South Sudan with Reverend Graham, he took me to the official residence of the South Sudanese President (do not confuse with Sudan’s President Bashir.) At dinner, in discussing the Nuba Mountain refugee crisis, I asked the South Sudanese President if he had heard from President Obama about the crisis. He said he was very disappointed in President Obama. The first the South Sudanese President had heard from our President was a few weeks earlier – when he (the South Sudanese President) had closed down the South Sudanese oil fields over his dispute with Sudan (the oil fields are in South Sudan and the pipeline to get the oil to market is in Sudan.) He said, as of our dinner, that he had not heard from President Obama about the refugee crisis. He scoffed at President Obama calling and said President Obama was only concerned because of the shutting down of the oil fields and that therefore China was not getting its usual dose of South Sudanese oil. I asked why he thought President Obama would care if China did not get its oil. He said that South Sudan supplies China with 6% of its oil and that it was politics. He said that if China is shut out of 6% of its oil because of the closed South Sudan oil fields, that China has to go to the international market to get its oil which drives oil prices up worldwide….and thus it would drive up the price of gas in the USA in an election year. He said it was all about the election.
I am not saying the above it true — I am merely reporting what was said to me and by whom. Note also that while I have enormous criticism for Sudan’s President Bashir and his genocide I am likewise told there is plenty of corruption – just not genocide – in South Sudan.