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South Sudan named world’s “most fragile” state


June 26, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan has been named the world’s “most fragile” state, ending Somalia’s six-years atop the Fragile State Index, a new report says.

The report, issued by the United States-based Fund for Peace (FFP), blames chronic instability, fractured leadership and growing ethnic conflict for South Sudan’s poor ranking.

Having attained independence in July 2011, the new nation featured in the then Failed States Index (FSI) a year later and was ranked fourth. It retained this ranking in 2013, but with worsened scores.

“The country’s independence, while initially giving cause for celebration, is now giving only cause for concern as its politics and leadership grows increasingly fractious, and mass killings – especially targeting specific ethnic groups – gains momentum,” partly reads the report.

South Sudan has been experiencing violent conflict, which has killed thousands of people and displaced over a million both internally and into its neighboring countries.

The top six countries on the index are all in sub-Saharan Africa, with Afghanistan listed seventh most fragile state followed by Yemen, Haiti and Pakistan. The report, however, cited Iran, Serbia, Zimbabwe and Cuba as the most improved countries in this year’s rankings.

Annually produced by FFP, the report mainly highlights global political, economic and social pressures experienced by states and is widely considered a critical tool in highlighting not only the normal pressures that all states experience, but also in identifying when those pressures are pushing a state towards the brink of failure.


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  • 27 June 2014 08:12, by Mapuor

    This report is biased.How can South Sudan be on the top of the list because of only one tribe fighting the government.Sudan is worse than South Sudan.

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    • 27 June 2014 08:41, by Rommel


      Don’t deflect and for the love of God... don’t invoke the phantom role of bias. It makes you look desperate, irresponsible and fickle. Billions of dollars have poured into our coffers since 2005, and we’ve got little to nothing to show for it. Most -if not all- of the development projects were commissioned for, payed for and completed by other countries or NGOs.

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      • 27 June 2014 12:34, by Mapuor

        Corruption was practiced by the disgruntled group to which you belong,you can fool some people some times but you cant fool all the people all the time.Research as shown that 90% of the embezzled money was taken by those removed from their former positions and 10% misused by procurement office of the SPLA.Come on,you will never get away with it dude.

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        • 27 June 2014 15:14, by Rommel


          Nice try, but I’m in my 20s and I’ve never been to Juba, and so I’ve not yet established or joined a group — disgruntled or otherwise. You’re one of those people that seem invariably inclined to support the ’government’, no matter what. You think this is *patriotism*? It is not! Patriotism is love for one’s country and not for those who rule it [or mis-rule it] in our case.

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    • 27 June 2014 08:56, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Only one tribe brought country into fourth number of fragile state because of only Nuer of Riek Machar tribe, and Yau Yau rebellion of Murlel tribe in south Sudan.

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      • 27 June 2014 09:20, by Rommel

        Ayuiu Makuac Lam:

        Are you serious!? The miscreants in Juba are almost entirely responsible for this entire situation. Tensions have been mounting since 2006, and the fools did nothing to address or bridle the issue in a progressive manner. I can think of a number of strategies that I would have employed to politically subdue the likes of Riek — without force or even the spectre of it.

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        • 27 June 2014 10:06, by Mr Point

          There was a time when Riek and his like would have been handled by the strategy of democracy : discussion, elections, constitutional practices.

          But Kiir and his clique chose to the military option to take South Sudan by the fastest road to failed state status.

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    • 27 June 2014 09:34, by Ayom Ayom

      We all learned through mistakes, by now every South Sudanese knows his/her mistakes committed against this Country and that is a lesson learn. To me ranking South Sudan as the worst fragile state or fail state is not a big deal, we can improve and make South Sudan a better place.

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      • 27 June 2014 10:02, by Big Boy

        Dear Ayom/Ayuiu
        The food-lover Nuer and Lakes state are the most peoples are who make this messed and fragile in South Sudan today,they will never ever learning at all they need hundred years to be on board with other socties with RSS.It was really necessary to us!

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  • 27 June 2014 08:20, by Diversity

    What happens when you entrust your country in the hand of the so called semi-communist gorilla SPLM/A?
    I don’t blame the Dinka as an ethnic group because they are suffering as any other S. Sudanese ethnic group in the hands of the SPLM/A. South’s life comes only when the SPLM/A is no more!!

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  • 27 June 2014 08:30, by Robot

    If there is a term to replace fragile must be used,,, this country is becoming anything beyond description. We cannot deny this anymore, God knows where this country is leading. God have mercy on us.

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  • 27 June 2014 08:30, by Rommel

    Enough of the politically correct semantics... South Sudan is not merely a ’fragile State’ — it’s a bona fide failed State. It is ’governed’ by some of the most ignorant, venal, myopic, unbelievably corrupt and terribly incompetent cretins the world has ever seen. *Greed* and capricious self-interests, rather than patriotism and established political philosophy determine South Sudan’s affairs.

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    • 27 June 2014 17:56, by Ito

      Brother Rommel, thank you so much for telling these fools the truth. you have done enough and now the ball is in their court to kick in order to see light. The problem in south sudan is poor governance and now we need to change it. Mapour are dogs who sit on others resources. Their hands will be cut soon by the blood of the innocent.

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  • 27 June 2014 09:02, by Chol A.

    Purely bias and that was other ways of scaring many investors who are interesting to invest in South Sudan. What make this country fragile while fighting within the country it not compare to what happening in Negeria, Somalia, Car, Syria and Iraq. If we are fragile then stay way from us and enjoy going to Syria, Negeria and Somalia and leave us alone in our fragile state! Other wise index is naive

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  • 27 June 2014 09:23, by Black Africa

    The blame goes to Salva Kiir leadership. Why not resign and give others chance to fix your broken system that are full of your family member.

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  • 27 June 2014 12:27, by wang

    Do not panic yet Jaang/slaves….the worse one is coming….Nuer are capable to destabilize this country… although, its only half of Nuer population is fighting against the almost entirety Eastern Africa countries…

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    • 27 June 2014 13:38, by Rommel


      No one is ’panicking’. That’s just a derivative of your delusion. Weren’t you people Khartoum’s slaves during the war? Oh that’s right... you were. You guarded oilfields on their behalf — like dogs. You consistently begged them for supplies, weapons, ammunition and food relief. You even executed military operations in tandem with them like good little slaves.

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      • 27 June 2014 13:53, by Rommel

        You people seem almost entirely incapable of reasoning or logic. How exactly are you fighting East Africa as a whole!? The only East African country involved in this war is Uganda. Who else is purportedly involved? Now, because you’re a mentally deficient sap... imagine me delivering that question very slowly with a not so subtle, condescending tinge. I do this for your benefit.

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        • 27 June 2014 19:16, by Jalaby

          Congratulation for beating Somalia and being the first fragile country in the world..LOL LOL
          Before you used to hang your failure on Sudan and Arab/Jalaba but I can see now other tribes are holding you (Dinka) the responsibility! LOL LOL

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          • 27 June 2014 19:24, by Jalaby

            "but I’m in my 20s and I’ve never been to Juba"
            Continue to lie the same way you breathe. .liar!!
            LOL LOL LOL

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          • 27 June 2014 19:27, by Rommel


            keep ’laughing’, like the class clown who tries to make a joke of his own stupidity, hoping that others won’t see that when he stops laughing.... he’s still stupid. You could laugh if you weren’t from a country in which genocide has taken place;you could laugh if your country wasn’t a State sponsor of terror; you could laugh if your country wasn’t governed by genocidal religious zelots.

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            • 27 June 2014 19:38, by Rommel

              .. And you could laugh if your country wasn’t itself on this list. In 2012, Sudan was in a worst position in that ranking than South Sudan. South Sudan has of course, not experienced genocide, but you have... so celebrate as though your country didn’t experience genocide and ethic-cleansing, religious intolerance and a plethora of other ailments.

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              • 27 June 2014 19:51, by Rommel

                In your mind’s eye, Sudan is a great and peaceful country — an undisturbed patel in the desert as it were. It’s obvious that you are in need of medication, or have probably stopped taking any. I acknowledge that my country is a *failed State*. I am cognizant of the fact that it is has a lot of problems and fundamental deficiencies. This realisation and acknowledgment is a necessary first step...

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                • 27 June 2014 19:57, by Rommel

                  .. Because it is only with this acknowledgement that you could possibly endeavour to address the issues, thereby improving your country. One presupposes the other. You quite obviously don’t feel the same way. You’re like an ostrich with it’s head in the sand... and when you’re told that perhaps that you -of all people- shouldn’t posture, gloat and pontificate...

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                  • 27 June 2014 20:03, by Rommel

                    .. And that Sudan is itself a failed State, governed by genocidal terrorists... and that it would be nothing short of obscene for somebody from a country like that to get all haughty and sanctimonious... you invariably respond with denial. Your denial comes with the ‘adult’ equivalent of closing your eyes, putting fingers in your ears and yelling la, la, la, I can’t hear you!

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                    • 27 June 2014 20:10, by Rommel

                      Sudan is a failed State. It’s obvious that you will continue to deny this, as you will and as you must... But whether or not you acknowledge the facts is ultimately irrelevant. That’s the thing about facts – they’re insurmountable; they are just as visible, just as loud, just as persistent and just as stubborn as those whose only recourse and task is to offer terribly untenable denials.

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                      • 27 June 2014 20:12, by Rommel

                        Your manner of refusing to acknowledge the facts is part and parcel of why your position is dogmatic and morally and intellectually bankrupt. A dogma is denoted by either venturing no TESTABLE claim, or by claims that FAIL their own test, yet continue the claim through evasive and paradoxical nonsense rhetoric.

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                        • 27 June 2014 20:25, by Rommel

                          You don’t seem to believe that I could possibly be in my 20s, and you have offered incredibly fatuous reasons for why you think this is. In addition to making me laugh, you’ve more than just tickled my curiosity. How old do you think I am? Assign me to an age bracket. Am I in my 30s? Could I be in my 40s? *Gasp*... 50s?

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                          • 27 June 2014 22:45, by Bravo Nuer

                            Rommel by spilling the beans that you are in your 20s and that you have never seen or been to Juba,does indeed disqualify you to insert your nose deeper on South Sudan issues.South Sudan has witnessed the worst genocidal era has ever existed in African continent.Rwanda genocide was overtaken to a greater degree by the magnitude of Nuer genocide where wombs of pregnant mothers be cut to see a fetus

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                            • 27 June 2014 22:55, by Bravo Nuer

                              and kill both mother and fetus after this godless action.women were raped using sticks or stakes till they die in the process. a son be forced to have sex with mother or sister and after that got killed.people of various ages were forced to eat the corpses (dead bodies) of their murdered relatives and these people are living witnesses but all and a few mentioned gross abuses of humanity were done

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                              • 27 June 2014 23:11, by Bravo Nuer

                                or perpetrated in Juba the national capital in full watch of international actors and experts who will live to narrate this terrorist institution of ethnic cleansing and it is understated to avert further genocides in retaliations by the victimized tribe of Nuer.Nuer are now in protection camps under UN and why? because are survivors of genocide or ethnic cleansing.by who? a Dinka-led govt which

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                                • 27 June 2014 23:43, by Bravo Nuer

                                  has had a monopoly of a state ’s coercive machinery and resources by virtue of being voted into that cursed and abusive privileges by the very people whom he has slain like dogs.kiir misled Dinka that the issue was between Dinka versus Nuer to cover up his failed leadership and this traditional ploy is discovered Dinka have woken up.does kiir know where he is heading? no, kiir knows only where a

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                                  • 28 June 2014 00:00, by Rommel

                                    Bravo Nuer:

                                    I am a citizen of South Sudan, and as such, I cannot be dissuaded, prohibited or convinced to shy away from its affairs. The fact that I have not yet set foot in Juba is altogether immaterial. Your posts are the ramblings of a mad man. How can you claim that the Rwandan genocide was tame in comparison to what transpired in Juba!? Almost a million people died in Rwanda...

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                                    • 28 June 2014 00:08, by Rommel

                                      .. Why hasn’t the UN, the half a dozen NGOs and the numerous embassies and consulates in Juba said anything about the Nuer having been killed in the tens of thousands!? I would be very surprised if over two thousand people died in Juba. It was an unnecessary tragedy, but your claims are fanciful and unsubstantiated.

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                                      • 28 June 2014 00:14, by Rommel

                                        I don’t see how a conflict -a genocide- in which almost a million people perished can be so easily eclipsed by the deaths of perhaps as many as a thousand people. Do the lives of the Rwandans hold less value than those of the Nuer that you would try to belittle a significantly worse historical event!?

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                                        • 28 June 2014 00:22, by Rommel

                                          .. Some of the absolutely horrid and sickening human rights violations that you mentioned [and I suspect that you’re guilty of a little embellishment] have been committed by both sides. This isn’t the first time that such things have happened. These sickening crimes were committed in 1991 as well. No one occupies the moral high ground here. We are all guilty.

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                                    • 28 June 2014 00:17, by Bravo Nuer

                                      Rommel I am not mad man because were I mad, I would be in hospital. to insult me without me insulting in the first place is your own peril and this shows how young you are albeit educated.in comparison always the similarities and dissimilarities are what authenticates a claim.Rwanda genocide by figures might exceed Nuer but intensity Nuer genocide is worse than it even Nuer killers can reveal it.

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                                      • 28 June 2014 00:28, by Rommel

                                        The essential difference between you and I is that I unreservedly condemn Salva Kiir for what transpired in Juba. I condemn him for the human rights violations, however, you support Riek; a man guilty of having committed the very same violations that you condemn Kiir for. Be consistent. If massacres and ethnic-cleansing are unacceptable, then they should be unacceptable across the board.

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                                        • 28 June 2014 00:35, by Rommel

                                          You really are in no position to lecture me on the value of civility. You have used far more incendiary words against [not just an individual] but an entire group, so spare me your hypocritical spiels. I will not allow you to assume the role of a virtuous, civil, impeccant angel. Ps: The Rwandan genocide is unparallelled in both its barbarity and magnitude.

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                                  • 28 June 2014 00:01, by Bravo Nuer

                                    mixing English with Arabic INU and wearing a black magic hat like Nigerian President.those black magic hats are said to render the users senselessness and powerlessness if they are not on wearers heads unless they are on their heads that they can be effective and sensible and this is what happening in South Sudan.idiot kiir at a times he talks like an insane,drunk,village headman,woman,and ghost.

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