For over 200 years, the South Sudanese have known two words: war and plunder, centuries of enslavement by Northern Sudan and Egypt, colonization and deliberate under-development by the British and a further half a century of turmoil post the greater Sudan’s independence from Britain in 1956. Since 2013, the South Sudanese have picked arms and gone to war against each other. Brother against brother, sister against sister, a people against their own. But at what cost? Why? With over 380,000 lives lost, who benefits from the war and plunder? For months, Africa Uncensored’s John-Allan Namu has been seeking the answers to those questions in multiple locations in Kenya, Uganda and inside South Sudan itself. What happens when what’s meant to profit a country ends up profiting a few?
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