• 4 hours Did U.S. just start war with China? $60 Billion tariff package coming fast
  • 25 mins Trump Bans Venezuelan National Cryptocurrency
  • 2 hours Self-Driving Cars' First Fatality
  • 12 mins The Facebook/Cambridge Analytica Scandal
  • 1 hour Surprise! Aramco Scraps International Listing Plans
  • 3 hours Country With Biggest Oil Reserves Biggest Threat to World Economy
  • 4 hours Goldman Sachs Expects Tesla to Miss Model 3 Targets Again
  • 2 hours Why do Driller stocks move with the daily price of oil?
  • 6 hours Flying Taxis In New Zealand - Very Soon?!
  • 24 hours Saudi Fund Buys Stake in Hollywood Talent Agency
  • 23 hours Volkswagen To Announce $340 Million Tennessee Investment To Build New SUV For U.S. Market
  • 20 hours Is Trump Harming Oil Industry?
  • 1 day G20 Rejects Calls for Cryptocurrency Regulation
  • 5 hours Why Is The EU Spending Billions On A Gas Pipeline If It Wants To Fight Climate Change?
  • 7 days Terminator plans to sue big oil for 'first degree murder'
  • 21 hours Tillerson just sacked ... how will market react?
Is Tesla About to Collapse?

Is Tesla About to Collapse?

The remarkable resilience of Tesla…

The Oil Giant That Investors Ignore

The Oil Giant That Investors Ignore

Despite its past troubles, the…

Famine-Hit South Sudan Buys Arms With Oil Money, UN Report Says


The government of war-torn famine-stricken South Sudan is using at least half of its revenues from oil sales to acquire weapons, despite the dramatic political, economic and humanitarian crises in the country, Reuters says, quoting a confidential report by the panel of UN monitors it has seen.

According to the UN sanctions monitors, 97 percent of the total known revenues of South Sudan come from oil sales – many of which are now forward sales – and at least half of that revenue, and “likely substantially more”, is going towards security.

According to the confidential report seen by Reuters:

Revenue from forward oil sales totaled approximately $243 million between late March and late October 2016.”

The report also states that “Despite the scale and scope of the political, humanitarian, and economic crises, the panel continues to uncover evidence of the ongoing procurement of weapons by the ... Government for the SPLA (South Sudanese army), the National Security Service, and other associated forces and militias.

All participants in the conflict continue to violate human rights, the UN monitors say, “with near complete impunity and a lack of any credible effort to prevent these violations or to punish the perpetrators,” as quoted by Reuters.

Earlier this year, the South Sudanese government and three humanitarian agencies declared a famine in some parts of the country as the newly independent nation struggle to bring oil back online. This “man-made” human tragedy is a result of three-year civil war and has created an economic crisis of massive proportions, leaving nearly five million hungry.

Related: Saudi Arabia Tries To Reassure Markets After Oil Price Plunge

The UN Security Council is due to meet later this month, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and AU High Representative for South Sudan Alpha Oumar Konaré are expected to brief the Council in the meeting chaired by UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson.

“Amidst an unraveling political process and ongoing fighting in various parts of the country, the security and humanitarian environment in South Sudan has reached near-catastrophic levels. More than 1.5 million refugees have fled to neighboring countries,” the Security Council said.

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:

Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News