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S. Sudan contests country’s ranking as world’s most failed state

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June 28, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan has expressed doubts over the political impartiality of international ranking institutions following the country’s inclusion on a list of failed states published on 24 June.

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Thousands of civilians fleeing violence seek shelter at a UN compound in Jonglei state capita Bor (Photo: UNMISS/Hailemichael Gebrekrstos)

“Sometimes our people begin to wonder and question the credibility and the impartiality of these ranking institutions. They (people) do not understand which indicators do these institutions use and where exactly do they get their sources of information,” South Sudan’s deputy parliamentary speaker, Mark Nyipuoc, told Sudan Tribune on Saturday

“Sometimes you find these institutions relying on rumours in the media, without approaching the right institutions so that they are given the right information they want from the right institutions,” he added.

Nyipuoc is the first leading official from the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to react the report, which was released last week by the Fund for Peace, a Washington-based non-profit organisation that compiles the annual list based on the performance of countries around the world.

The young nation topped the list of fragile states, ending Somalia’s six-year rein at the top of the index, with fractious leadership, mass killings and ethnic violence cited as some of the factors contributing to the ranking.

The index is based on 12 key social, economic and political indicators, including demographic pressures, poverty and economic decline, human rights and political impasse.

In 2012, a year after gaining its independence from the north, South Sudan was ranked fourth in the Failed States Index (FSI), retaining its position in 2013, but with worsened scores.

The top six most fragile states were all in Africa, including Sudan at number five, with Afghanistan, Yemen, Haiti and Pakistan rounding out the top 10.

However, Nyipuoc has argued that the ranking was unfair and does not take into consideration that the country is young and cannot be expected to be on the same par as countries which have had their independence for many years.

“You cannot use social indicators from the countries which have been independent for more than 50 years with a country which is just two years old,” he said. “It’s just like a two-year-old child, which cannot be expected to do things adult do. We are just starting from scratch … These countries that are mentioned in the reports have industries which support the economy of the country. They also have other sources of revenues,” he added.

Although South Sudan ranked at the top of this year’s index, it was only the sixth most-worsened country, with Central African Republic (CAR) named in the number one position.

South Sudan has been mired in violence since mid-December last year after escalating political tensions turned violent.

The conflict has killed thousands and displaced more than 1.3 million people, leading to warnings from international aid agencies that the country is facing a looming humanitarian catastrophe.

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  • 29 June 2014 08:11, by Chol A.

    Your rights Hon Mark those whose renk our nation as most fragile state are bias and jealous about us and that will not worried us at all. If the country renk as failed state due to the massive fighting in ethnicity, human rights abuses and so force, how Iraq, Syria and Car are renking? US should have asked themselves about their shame renk while even enjoying South Sudan atmosphere in juba freel

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    • 29 June 2014 09:27, by Malou Manyiel

      It pains us, but this is the reality, unless we are addicted to denial of truth. A developed and stable country is determined by showing political, economical and social indicators of development. I personally doubt when Hon. Mark said we are 2 years old when in actually sense South Sudan assumed having their own government since 2005 with 50% wealth sharing till 2011 when they are in full control

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  • 29 June 2014 09:05, by Positive Thinker

    If we still have like Mark Nyipoc who live in oblivion of denying facts, we are doom. Next time say Mr. Kiir is not university Graduate they will deny it.

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  • 29 June 2014 13:18, by Jalaby

    Failed states list for 2014

    Failed states list for 2013

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    • 29 June 2014 13:25, by Jalaby

      As you can see, South Sudan jumped from number 4 to number 1 as the most failed state beating Somalia and CAR!
      What really needs to be noted here that Sudan is going out of the list slowly, it jumped down from number 3 in 2013 to number 5 in 2014 which means great progress!

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      • 29 June 2014 13:31, by Jalaby

        If we work hard in 2015 then we will be out of the 10 tops, I believe we can because the south was the real reason of dragging us down and putting us behind all the nations, the rotten part is no longer in our body and for sure we will go forward now on!
        Enjoy being on the top Mr. Rommel, putting your failure on us like before is not gonna work this time & on! LOOOL

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  • 29 June 2014 14:09, by Northern Sudanese

    OMG its official, in less than 5 years The republic of South Sudan is the worlds most failed state i.e. number 1 failed state in the world. what were south sudanese saying before 9 july 2011? how would south sudan be once they left the north? and this is only the first 2 years of independence, give it another 5 years and we will see whats gonna happen lol

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    • 29 June 2014 22:27, by J P Puok

      so according to Mark Nyipuoch this body which published this report are too rebel !

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