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Renewed clashes in Upper Nile state, responsible for 100% of South Sudan’s current oil output, are threatening to plunge the country even deeper into crisis.
Ravaged by more than nine months of an ethnically-fueled civil war, South Sudan is a country on the verge of collapse. Three years on from its independence, Africa’s newest nation finds itself in political and economic limbo, and as a result, largely unable to provide even the most basic of services to the majority of its people.
In a recent assessment of the situation, Deputy Chief of UN peacekeeping operations Edmond Mulet said the country was now “on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe and a protracted internal conflict,” which the UN estimates will require $1.8bn to fully address.
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