Garang on South Sudan: Eight million suffered daily, before this war began
KPFA Evening News, broadcast, 01.12.2014
War has turned the world's eyes to refugee camps in South Sudan, but Mobiar Garang de Moviar, a negotiator for the opposition at peace talks in Addis Ababa, says that eight million of the country's ten million people suffer in similar conditions, now and before the war. The country's billions of dollars in oil revenues have not improved their lives.
Mobiar Garang de Mobiar: The oil wealth has not really trickled down and it is what all the issues are about. I would not like at all to downplay the humanitarian need and catastrophe that has been caused by this war. Two hundred thousand people displaced is alarming, but if we put things in context for a minute, we see that we are talking about 200,000 out of our population of eight million. Eight million South Sudanese in our cattle camps and villages have been living in conditions very similar to the conditions that we are seeing in the camps. There is no clean water in cattle camps and villages. People have been dying from preventable diseases.our cattle camps and villages. It's not as if there were hospitals in all the 10 state, and schools for our children in all the 10 states, that have stopped, in terms of being disrupted by this conflict since December the 15th. It is something which has been there. But of course it has really been compounded by the conflict, and the suffering of our people has been brought to the world's attention by this conflict. The oil revenues have not trickled down. For the majority of our people, the people in the cattle camps and villages,
KPFA: When asked what had happened to the billions of dollars that had not been used to address these human needs, Garang said that he did not want to point fingers because he didn't have evidence
Mobiar Garang de Mobiar: I don't know and I really don't have evidence. I would not like to speculate where it has gone. And this is one of the questions that was asked by the political detainees in their December 6 2013 press statement. This is one of the questions that was addressed by the press conference: where has this money gone? So I really don't know. I can't really answer. I guess an investigation will have to be done, but I don't want to point any fingers without having evidence..
KPFA: For Pacifica, KPFA and AfrobeatRadio, I'm Ann Garrison.