On August 3, 2012, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir at the Presidential Office Building in Juba. (Photo: Reuters) "
Background: The Republic of South Sudan became an independent state and the world's newest country in July, 2011. But just how "independent" it is or will remain is questionable. Northern and Southern Sudan ended a 22 year civil war in 2005. USAID has been pouring money into the South since 2005 and Sudan, North & South combined have an external debt of about $34 billion. South Sudan is rich in petroleum, water and agricultural lands with about 80% of Sudanese oil deposits in the South. The predators are now stalking the riches of one of the poorest and weakest peoples in Africa. More oil and other mineral resources can be found throughout Southern Sudan, but the Bentiu region is commonly known as being especially rich in oil, while the Jonglei, Warap and Lakes states have potential reserves. In recent years, a significant amount of foreign-based oil drilling has begun in Southern Sudan, raising the land’s geopolitical profile. The Sudanese government in Khartoum has partitioned much of the once unified Sudan into blocks, with about 85% of the oil coming from the South." The Nile River, Sudan's greatest water resource is being threatened.
(Source: Axis of Logic)
|South Sudanese disembark from a plane from Israel that arrived at the airport in Juba June 18, 2012. Israel deported a planeload of migrants to South Sudan early on Monday, the first of a series of weekly repatriation flights intended as a stepping stone to dealing with much greater influxes of migrants from Sudan and Eritrea. (Reuters/Adriane Ohanesian)
Israel has deported Sudanese asylum seekers by issuing documents with purposefully incorrect nationalities, a recently published report by the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism revealed.
More than 100 Sudanese nationals in Israel were given passports or birth certificates incorrectly labeling them as citizens of South Sudan, the report said. Israel has no repatriation agreement with Sudan, but can deport the asylum-seekers to the country’s neighbor, which seceded last year from the North.
The revelation comes two months after Israel initiated a controversial ‘emergency plan’ to deport 60,000 African migrants.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu justified the plan, claiming that,
"The breach of our borders by infiltrators could threaten the Jewish and democratic state. … We will begin by removing the infiltrators from South Sudan and move on to others."
Four people were recently denied entry after being deported from Israel to South Sudan, and were forced to return to Tel Aviv, the report said.
The Israeli government has threatened the refugees with jail sentences unless they leave the country.
Many of those deported fled Sudan’s war-torn Nuba Mountains region, which borders the South. The ongoing conflict there between the Sudanese army and rebel militants has killed thousands of civilians. An estimated 350,000 people have been displaced by the violence, Human Rights Watch reported.
32-year-old refugee Thomas Abdullah Tutu has lived in Tel Aviv since 2007 and is frightened of going back, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism said.
"It is a bad situation in South Sudan", he told the Bureau by phone. “There is nothing there and no one has family, houses or money. They [the immigrants] are afraid to go, and confused. If I go there I am sure something bad will happen to me."
In June, the Jerusalem Administrative Court ruled against a petition filed by human rights activists urging Israeli politicians not to deport the Sudanese refugees. Hundreds of African asylum-seekers subsequently protested outside Tel Aviv’s UN offices, demanding fair treatment.
South Sudan achieved independence in July 2011, following a bloody civil war that lasted for more than two decades. Conflict is still frequent on the contested border between the nations, which has led locals to flee en masse the violence-wracked region.
Source: RT News