January 14, 2014
South Sudan Divided by Oil, Not Ethnicity
Khalid Medani, The Guardian
The Associated Press
Behind the violence in South Sudan, according to much of the coverage, is a power struggle between political rivals in the ruling Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM), and a conflict rooted in hostility between two of South Sudan's largest ethnic groups: the Dinka and the Nuer. However, the roots of the conflict are more complex.
They stem from political and economic grievances, shared by the majority of South Sudanese: the persistent, undemocratic nature of the government in Juba; and increasing competition over the country's resources, particularly oil.
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