Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

End the Aid the U.S. Must Not Subsidize War in South Sudan

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

End the Aid the U.S. Must Not Subsidize War in South Sudan

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The announcement Tuesday of $180 million in food aid to South Sudan, accompanied by a strong statement of impatience from Secretary of State John Kerry, should be the final warning to warring elements there to make peace.

South Sudan has already received $456 million in aid from the United States this year. Now an estimated 3.9 million of the country's people are said to be facing famine unless more help is furnished immediately. It is in response to that appeal that the United States has responded on humanitarian grounds.

The fundamental problem, however, is that South Sudan's principal leaders, President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar, refuse to settle their differences and create a transitional national unity government. They have promised one to all negotiators, including the African Union and the United Nations. The peacemaking effort is being led by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, spearheaded by a troika including Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States, all major aid donors to South Sudan. …

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