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Rebels react to S. Sudan’s ranking as world’s “most fragile” state

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June 29, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese rebels aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar have reacted to the ranking of the country as the world’s “most fragile” state, saying they were not surprised by the “unfortunate” outcome.

The report was released last week by the Fund for Peace, a Washington-based organisation that compiles the annual list based on the performance of countries around the world.

South Sudan 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.

The rebel faction said the indicators for South Sudan becoming a “failed state” were clearly “written on the wall”.

Deputy parliamentary speaker Mark Nyipuoc Obang has criticised the international organization’s ranking of South Sudan at the top of the list.

Obang, who was the first government official to respond to the assessment, argued that his country, which split from Sudan in July 2011, was still a young nation, likening it to a child, and should not be compared to other more established nations.

“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 told Sudan Tribune.

“It’s just like a two-year-old child, which cannot be expected to do things adults 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,” Obang said.

However, Machar’s spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, said the leadership of the rebel movement was not surprised by the outcome of the assessment.

“Even if we were to take that line of argument which likens South Sudan to a two or three-year-old child, we would also have expected the child to grow like a normal, healthy child. The so-called child should have crawled fast, walked and even run by year three, 2014. These are the assuring positive indicators of a healthy growth into adolescence and adulthood,” Dak told Sudan Tribune when contacted on Sunday.

“Unfortunately the reverse has happened as the child is paralysing, a clear indicator that it is not a healthy child. This is a grave concern to the people of South Sudan and to the sympathising world at large. They ask the question, ’what is wrong with this child?’ And this brings us to the six points our chairman, Dr Riek Machar, raised in the past when he was the vice-president,” Dak added.

Dak said his boss was alarmed by growing tribalism, corruption, insecurity, economic decline, poor international relations and loss of vision, saying the direction taken by the ruling SPLM party had “malnourished the child, preventing it from normal, healthy growth”.

“Dr Riek Machar and his colleagues raised these obvious factors which were polluting the environment, but the reaction by Salva Kiir was to violently kick him out [of the SPLM],” he said, referring to Machar’s sacking last July.

He argued that it was an unacceptable excuse to compare the country was a child, saying the leadership should have managed the country’s affairs as adults.

He said the South Sudanese cabinet had adequate experience even before the country’s independence in 2011 and comprised of six PhD holders.

“They knew very well how to nourish a child in order to make it grow healthier to adulthood, but maybe some chose not to do it,” he said.

He said the former Government of Southern Sudan should have better prepared the country during the six-year interim period, saying it had failed to take advantage of South Sudan’s vast oil resources.

South Sudan was plunged into crisis in mid-December last year amid escalating tensions within the ruling party over the future direction of the country and its leadership.

Ongoing peace talks between the two warring parties, which are being mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, have so far failed to reach a lasting political settlement to resolve the crisis.

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  • 30 June 07:20, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    You will not miss such status especially if you share the nation with food lovers. I was expecting the worse then just the word "fragile" which is not bad at all.

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    • 30 June 08:55, by Mi diit

      A country led by a visionless primitive village chief dictator, with greedy blood sucking tribesmen and supporters, will always remain fragile unless extraordinary measures are taken to remove him and restrain his offspring.

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      • 30 June 17:23, by Hardlinner

        mi diit kiir is more reasonable than your nuer prophet of doom riek. South sudan is not a country inhabited by low IQs morons. If riek is the only educated person in nuer land, that is find with us. But I bet amongst intellectuals in south sudan, he would rank outside top 100,000. The guy lacts logical thinking capacity. Person that does not care about the welfare his people is simply an idiot.

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    • 30 June 21:58, by Ito

      Comdrade Gadet Dak, you have truly said it very truly and clearly to this idiots in Juba that you cannot blame the country all the time. If you cannot govern and speed development, unity, peace and democracy, why not give it to competent people who can do what you cannot. This tribal government in Juba is crumbling and clock is ticking for its demise. Federal system must come forth by any means.

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    • 1 July 06:29, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      South Sudan, has been put on top list of fragile state by Riek and his Nuer group through mass rebellions.

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  • 30 June 07:59, by Jalaby

    I always tell you the truth and my prediction always turns to be correct, did I ever lie to you?
    I told you in 2013 that it’s just a matter of time till the south becomes number 1 in the list, read my 2013 comments about my prediction of South will soon become on the top:
    http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article47075

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    • 30 June 10:07, by Emporio

      @jalaba

      How could you compare south state failure with existence states for 50 year and over south didn’t even turn 5 year yet north contributed in south instability ,your fool prediction don’t mean anything to us and we still better than you Arab brother who killing themselves like koofar,"iraq ,seriya" fighting like mad kamle , this my advise for you instead of internet jahid better go joing

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      • 30 June 10:10, by Emporio

        Your brothers on the ground to fight shiite militants before they take over arab peninsula

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        • 30 June 17:48, by Northern Sudanese

          I don’t care about those arabs in the sham they can burn each other.... a country is a country whether a million or a second year old. The basics were simple to be a state. Sudan’s historical ranking here was influenced by instability you created i.e. 50 year war .today you guys, after about 3 years of independence rank top of failed states while we during those 3 years went 5th instead of 3rd

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          • 30 June 17:52, by Northern Sudanese

            but what I still try to figure out is this. what happened to the so called paradise that you claimed would have once you gained independence? I predicted this kind of situation to occur but in the long run i.e. 5 years but it happened in just 2 years and halve after independence... south sudan surpassing Somalia as worlds number 1 failed state....

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    • 30 June 10:35, by Mapuor

      Hahaha Nyagaats,its because you Nuers are not governable. Why support the idea when it was Dr Riek Macar who used corruption as a weapon with which he could get to power and tribalise the whole nation.Nyagaats will never rule this land whatever the cost.Nyagats must be defeated and subdued for they do not have any justified cause for which they are fighting for, sometimes its revenge, at time

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      • 30 June 10:38, by Mapuor

        at times decentralization, at times Kiir removal etc.Dr Riek has failed and should hang himself.

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  • 30 June 08:11, by Robot

    Anyone with perfect mind would not bother to argue on this. SouthSudan is fragile and I once said if there is another term more worse than fragile can be used. We haven’t achieved much and this comparison of a child I think gave some glutton politicians room to loot and use it as an excuse, let’s try comparing the country with a seedling that needs fertilizer, water, sun, pesticide, fungicide etc.

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