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The Economist Op-ed: Stop the Cash, Stop the Conflict

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The Economist Op-ed: Stop the Cash, Stop the Conflict

Posted by Enough Team on November 21, 2016

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in the Economist and was written by George Clooney and Enough Project Founding Director John Prendergast.

The world’s newest country, South Sudan, could have been holding its first free elections in 2017. Instead, it faces another year of strife. In the latest phase of the cyclical conflict that has plagued its people for decades, tens of thousands have died, 5m people face hunger or starvation and 1m have become refugees. Yet cleverer global action—especially involving Western banks—can stop the rot.

The local context is important: control of the state is the grand prize in the deadly contest for power. Factions based primarily on ethnic and historical allegiance compete violently for power and the massive opportunities for self-enrichment available through looting national budgets, exploiting natural resources and manipulating state contracts…

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