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Eyewitness reports from courageous journalists Report #1: Pariang: Polluted desert land | By Simon Bingo PARIANG – Oil exploration in South Sudan’s Unity State takes a heavy toll on the environment. Residents and their animals suffer from diseases caused by contaminated drinking water: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KxE0m_-qZI Report #2: Officials warn oil taints drinking water in South Sudan’s Unity State | By Bonifacio Taban BENTIU – Drinking water in South Sudan’s Unity State near the oil fields is unsafe, according to officials who are warning people living near the fields that crude is leaking into groundwater in the area: https://www.theniles.org/en/articles/archive/2133/Officials-warn-oil-taints-drinking-water-in-South-Sudan’s-Unity-State.htm Report #3: Local

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Parliament hearing on oil’s contamination of water

South Sudan’s parliament holding hearing on oil’s contamination of water, lives and politics in South Sudan April 4, 2018 Sign of Hope’s ten-year campaign to stop Big Oil’s destruction of lives, livelihoods and the environment has just accomplished a major breakthrough. In a hearing staged today, the country’s Legislative Assembly is taking a searching look at the causes and effects of this destruction, which has been repeatedly described by authoritative sources as being “one of the world’s great crimes against the environment and humanity.” This hearing follows years of strenuous denials by the country’s government that this problem even existed.

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U.S. targets South Sudan oil firms in new restrictions

The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on 15 South Sudanese oil operators that it said were important sources of cash for the government, an action aimed at increasing pressure on President Salva Kiir to end the country’s conflict and humanitarian crisis. The companies and government bodies would in future require special licenses to do business in the United States, the State Department said. “The South Sudanese Government, and corrupt official actors, use this revenue to purchase weapons and fund irregular militias that undermine the peace, security, and stability of South Sudan,” the department said in a statement. Read the

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New reports on corruption-fuelled atrocities

The trail of blood starts with oil‘s contamination of water March 6, 2018 Two major reports, appearing within 48 hours of each other, each detailing how South Sudan‘s corrupt elite has funnelled ill-gotten oil revenues to the financing of the militias responsible for the ethnic cleansing, widespread rape, the eradication of democratic opposition and the other horrors of wars plaguing South Sudan. And each report was compiled by a highly-respected investigative body: the London-based Global Witness: https://www.globalwitness.org/en/press-releases/south-sudans-leadership-uses-state-owned-oil-company-nilepet-funnel-millions-brutal-security-services-and-ethnic-militias/ and the Washington-based The Sentry https://thesentry.org/reports/fueling-atrocities/ “This trail of blood in South Sudan starts with Big Oil’s contamination of the groundwater and with

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Fueling Atrocities: Oil and War in South Sudan

South Sudan’s trail of money and suffering: it starts with oil’s pollution of water Fueling Atrocities South Sudan’s leaders use the country’s oil wealth to get rich and terrorize civilians, according to documents reviewed by The Sentry. The records reviewed by The Sentry describe who is financially benefiting from the conflict itself. Little has been known about the financial machinery that makes South Sudan’s continuing war possible, but these documents appear to shed new light on how the country’s main revenue source—oil—is used to fuel militias and ongoing atrocities, and how a small clique continues to get richer while the

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Petronas: being blasted in Malaysian media

South Sudan accuses Petronas consortium of pollution, threatens shutdown JUBA (March 1): South Sudanese lawmakers have accused the consortium running the country’s last working oilfields of dumping expired chemicals in the bush, and have threatened to shut down production unless it stops. Members of parliament’s energy committee told the assembly they had seen containers holding old chemicals including potassium chloride in a remote area in the northeast, saying locals feared for their health. Reuters could not immediately verify the assertion. The DAR Petroleum Operating Company (DPOC) — which runs the northeastern neighbouring oil blocks 3 and 7 near the borders

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Oil threats twitted

From the Twitter account of Bior Kwer Bior: @biordengchek: #SouthsudanOil Because of war, various oil installations have been abandoned in Panriang oilfield, and this threatens the environment. In some cases, rebels have intentionally set ablaze some oil installations. | Link to the tweet #SouthsudanOil. In Paloch oilfield, local residents haven’t been sensitized enough about the danger lurking in the Produced Water (PW) ponds. As a results, they habitually take their cows for drinking in these toxic water ponds as shown in the picture. | Link to the tweet

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