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Monday, 15 October 2007 13:51
Energy Wars and Lost Boys in Sudan

Tomdispatch - David Morse -
"To the extent that the media spotlight is ever directed at Africa, it has focused on Darfur, in western Sudan, where several hundred thousand people have died in ethnic violence since 2003. Just next door, beyond the glare of the spotlight, however, is South Sudan, where an estimated 2.2 million people were killed in two decades of bitter internecine fighting. There, a fragile, three-year-old peace agreement is rapidly coming apart. A new conflagration in South Sudan would engulf Darfur, dwarf the carnage that has taken place so far in the region, and launch sub-Saharan Africa into the age of energy wars."

https://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174848

From Tomdispatch today, David Morse's dramatic, first-person account of a trip to southern Sudan, accompanying three young Sudanese refugees -- part of the "Lost Boys" of Sudan -- back home: "With the Lost Boys in Southern Sudan, 'Starting from Zero' (Part 1)" https://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174848

This piece -- the first of a two-part report by independent journalist David Morse -- takes the reader on a dramatic journey into a place little known or written about here: the southern reaches of Sudan, which, in the not too distant future, may be the point of origin for the next disastrous oil war on this planet. Morse embarked this summer on a seven-week trip with three young refugees, three "Lost Boys," returning to the homes they fled years ago in the midst of a bitter north/south civil war in southern Sudan. At a young age, they had trekked thousands of kilometers after their villages were ravaged by mounted militia representing the Islamist government in Khartoum, Sudan's capital. They braved death in many forms before ending up in the United States, gaining educations, and deciding to return to their childhood places of origin in search of parents, friends, age-mates -- and with the desire to help their impoverished homeland.

Morse begins this way:

"To the extent that the media spotlight is ever directed at Africa, it has focused on Darfur, in western Sudan, where several hundred thousand people have died in ethnic violence since 2003. Just next door, beyond the glare of the spotlight, however, is South Sudan, where an estimated 2.2 million people were killed in two decades of bitter internecine fighting. There, a fragile, three-year-old peace agreement is rapidly coming apart. A new conflagration in South Sudan would engulf Darfur, dwarf the carnage that has taken place so far in the region, and launch sub-Saharan Africa into the age of energy wars."

And then Morse plunges the reader into the impoverished (if energy-rich) south, a bar in fact in Kuajok, a boomtown where, as he comments, "All that's missing is the money." There, he finds himself immediately staring down the barrel of a pistol held by a two-year old Dinka toddler. And that's just the beginning of this odyssey of a report.

Morse's South Sudan is a world almost unknown to us and yet crucial to know. In "Starting from Zero," you begin to know it in a way that is moving and disturbing.

Don't miss this piece. Part 2 will be posted on Tuesday morning.

Love,

Tom

Last Updated on Monday, 15 October 2007 13:51
 

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