Report counts cost of prolonged war in South Sudan
South Sudan’s conflict could cost regional nations Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania a combined $53 billion if it lasts another five years as they deal with refugees, security needs and other spillover effects, a report said on Wednesday.
London-based consultancy Frontier Economics estimated that South Sudan’s economy contracted by 15 percent last year as a result of the civil war, which has killed more than 10,000 people in the world’s newest country and curtailed oil output.
The human and economic costs of the conflict highlight the need for swift international efforts to end the fighting, the report said. It forecast South Sudan would forego up to $28 billion in economic growth if the war were to continue for five years while Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania would have to take in more refugees and face extra security costs.
Kenya and Uganda Key Losers in South Sudan War
KENYA’s gross domestic product could decline by 0.89 per cent an equivalent of $5.69 billion (Sh519.5 billion) if the ongoing conflict in South Sudan draws on for another five years.
A report titled ‘South Sudan: The Cost of War’ released yesterday indicates that a speedy resolution of the conflict, will save Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania an estimated $53 billion (Sh4.8 billion) if the ongoing conflict is resolved within a year.
The latest conflict in South Sudan started in December 2013 when fighting broke out between government forces and rebels loyal to former vice president Riek Machar, which President Salva Kiir initially termed as a coup attempt.
USAID Officials to Meet With Community Leaders in South Sudan
Today, Deputy Assistant Administrator for African Affairs Linda Etim and Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Mark Brinkmoeller are in South Sudan to meet with community leaders.
Etim and Brinkmoeller will meet with representatives from religious groups, civil society, and women’s organizations to discuss how they can ensure diverse voices are heard in South Sudan and how they can work towards peace and reconciliation. They will also listen to the progress of current initiatives on the ground and learn how USAID can best provide support to the people of South Sudan.