South Sudan elite blamed for famine
NEW YORK: Famine in South Sudan could be brought to an end if world leaders would step in and stop local politicians fighting over and wasting funds, actor George Clooney says in a newspaper opinion piece.
Describing the famine as “government-made”, Clooney said South Sudan’s political elite were fanning ethnic tensions to build fortunes in the oil-rich nation.
Civil war broke out in South Sudan in 2013 after a disagreement between President Salva Kiir and his former vice- president Riek Machar exploded into military confrontation.
Nearly half the population, about 5.5 million people, is expected to be without a reliable source of food by July. Last month, the UN said parts of South Sudan were already suffering from famine.
Clooney, in an opinion piece published in the Washington Post, called for “choking the illicit financial flows of the kleptocrats”.
Clooney, 55, has used his stardom to bring attention to humanitarian crises in South Sudan and neighbouring Sudan.
Last year, the Sentry, a non- pro f i t o r g a ni s at i o n he founded, reported that families on both sides of South Sudan’s civil war had amassed fortunes from the conflict. – Reuters