South Sudan will soon make its debut near the rock bottom of the U.N. Human Development Index. 83 percent of the population is illiterate. 90 percent of the population lives on less than $1 dollar a day. A third of the population survives on food aid. There are less than 100 miles of paved roads. The infrastructure built by the British now lies in shambles after decades of civil war.
There is nothing stopping South Sudan from becoming the richest and most self sufficient country in East Africa but the backwardness of its own population. It is 10 percent larger than Kenya, but 80 percent of the land is arable in South Sudan compared to 20 percent in Kenya. Yet only 4 percent of South Sudan’s arable land is cultivated by its own people.
South Sudan parted ways from the north with 75 percent of Sudan’s oil reserves and most of Sudan’s arable land. Now that the harsh economic reality of South Sudanese independence is being felt in Khartoum, Sudan and South Sudan are clashing along the border and war seems to be imminent.
On January 20th, South Sudan shutdown oil production because Sudan was siphoning off and selling oil from the pipeline that runs through the north which is its only export route to the Red Sea. 97 percent of South Sudan’s national budget comes from revenues from oil production.
As Sudan masses troops along the border and begins air strikes, the U.N. Security Council is expressing “deep and growing alarm with the rising levels of malnutrition and food insecurity” in the region and calling on both countries to allow U.N. personnel to deliver relief supplies to civilians affected by the conflict.
There is also the interesting question of the 500,000 South Sudanese who are still living in Sudan whose citizenship has been revoked and who must leave the country by April. It is logistically impossible to transport that many people to South Sudan in a little over a month.
The creation of South Sudan effectively put the south under the rule of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement which fought against Sudan for decades in the Second Sudanese Civil War. The fighting has continued between Sudan and SPLM guerrillas in the border states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan. Sudan has accused South Sudan of using oil revenues to finance the insurrection.
As we celebrate Black History Month 2012, South Sudan has decided to use its Doomsday Machine against the north and its own population by taking the bold step of shutting down oil production. It will need massive foreign aid from the West to compensate for the lost $650 million dollars in oil revenues per month.
How are the U.N. relief supplies supposed to get into South Sudan though without paved roads and with Sudan blocking humanitarian assistance from reaching the area? South Sudan appears to be hurtling toward an inevitable Ethiopia-style war and famine with Sudan.
In the last eight months of independence, South Sudan has also gained a reputation for Liberian-style tribal genocide, ethnic cleansing, freedom of the press, and violence against U.N. peacekeepers. In spite of spending $6 billion dollars on U.S. foreign aid to South Sudan, DWLs have only succeeded in ushering in another inductee to Black Africa’s honor roll of failed states.
South Sudan has all the characteristics of another Darfur, Rwanda, or Liberia in the making. 2 million Sudanese have already died in two civil wars since independence from Britain in 1956. A third civil war over oil revenues seems to be imminent.
The bleeding heart liberals of the West have learned from the failure and collapse of every other African state (think Congo, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Somalia, Rwanda) in spite of over $300 billion dollars in foreign aid that has been spent on Africa since the 1970s.
Assuredly, when the next inevitable war breaks out and the already dire standard of living collapses even further, there will be “humanitarian” calls by DWLs to resettle the starving South Sudanese refugees in places like Omaha, Nebraska and Sioux City, South Dakota which will further exacerbate the growing Black Undertow problem in the Great Plains cities.
Oh, there is one last thing: it was the evil British imperialists who put an end to slavery in South Sudan when it was part of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan from 1899 to 1956. The BBC and CNN have shown that slavery was revived in Sudan in the mid-1980s.
OD commemorates Black History Month 2012 by celebrating the birth of South Sudan which is one of the few places in the world where you can purchase a black slave for $50 dollars in the 21st century.