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Use financial sanctions on South Sudanese leaders but don’t cut aid: Prendergast


May 13, 2018 (WASHINGTON) - John Prendergast, the founding director Enough Project Sunday said cutting humanitarian aid to South Sudan would not affect the government of President Salva Kiir and called to use financial tools to target the country leaders.

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Clooney, South Sudan’s Kiir and Prendergast share a light moment, March 11, 2012 (Larco Lomayat)

Prendergast made his call in an interview with the popular NPR radio station after a statement by the White House saying it would initiate a comprehensive review of its assistance programs to South Sudan.

"I think this is a point of leverage that we think we have, but it would only work if people actually cared about the welfare of their own population," he said.

"So what I fear is, if (...) the United States actually followed through with cutting off humanitarian assistance, the government of South Sudan would point at the starving babies and say, look what the United States did," he added.

The human rights activist who lobbied in the past for the independence of South Sudan, severely criticized the South Sudan government of President Salva Kiir for its failure to build a viable state it is a "government that’s lost all of its legitimacy" he said.

"This is not a government that supplies services to its people. It’s not a government that builds infrastructure, it’s not a government that provides security and adjudicates disputes. It’s a looting machine. It’s a kleptocracy. It’s a den of thieves," he further stressed.

Instead of the cut of humanitarian or economic assistance, Prendergast said financial sanctions on the South Sudanese officials would be more efficient and have a direct impact on them.

"The United States has the tools, the financial tools to go after the leaders of South Sudan and freeze their assets and seize all of the kind of money that they’ve stolen, put into banks, put into real estate, beautiful houses around the world, put into shell companies," he said.

"Go after that money and really create a serious financial consequence for the looting and destruction of their state," he added.


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  • 14 May 2018 11:20, by Malakal county Simon

    Sound better because it’s will have a direct impact on this self fish leaders!!!!

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    • 14 May 2018 17:32, by garrak1520

      The people of South Sudan must be in the street to make a change, therefore all assistance has to stop at least for 3 months. Furthermore, IGAD has shown unqualified to mediate a resolution to the conflict, therefore the financier (Europe and the USA) must stop the funding. You may say very radical but that’s the solution.

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  • 14 May 2018 12:42, by JUR ATHÏT

    Its a looting machine. Its a kleptocracy government. Its a den of thieves. Hahahaha! The guy must have been hired.

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    • 14 May 2018 14:07, by South South

      John Prendergast is a wicked man who wants to be famous by all means, but I agree with him at this time. USAID funds go to poor in South Sudan, not government officials, but it’s US money and they do what they want with their monkey.

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      • 14 May 2018 14:17, by padiit gaga

        Stopping usaid must the solution to solve the problem Kirr does not listen with his hears but with his eyes stopping oilcompany also isthe good step to stop Kirr not buy weaponsand Uganda armies this is a gòod way to treate that ddisease (Kirr)out of S.Sudan.

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      • 14 May 2018 23:50, by Eastern

        South South,

        You must be a monkey man indeed!
        You wrote......but it’s US money and they do what they want with their MONKEY[money]. I have been missing monkey stew on your menu for days now!

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        • 15 May 2018 01:28, by South South


          Why do you talk like us? I really don’t get it from you. You need just to listen and follow.

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  • 14 May 2018 14:09, by padiit gaga

    No Kirr is listen with his eye cuting aid is the solution to to treate this (deases)kirr his treatment is to close oilcompany you did. That is Kirr may listen. His tought is numb by Lickery and bears.

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  • 14 May 2018 17:32, by JUR ATHÏT

    Padiit, you are sold out. How dare you to call kiirdit a disease? There is no room for the rebels this time unless they beg for the mercy.

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    • 15 May 2018 06:08, by padiit gaga

      Your Kirr is realy deseases who messup this country but he is treatable diseas now IO is coming with his medicine to treate him.

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  • 15 May 2018 00:24, by One people

    You Rebles of Riek Machar or bad Nuers, you people are planting bad leaving among the people of South Sudan just because you don’t like president Salva Kiir, for your info, P Kiir and Riek are not going to stay with us for good one day they will leave us by ourselves and go. Why Movie actors are involved in our country poilitice?

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    • 15 May 2018 00:57, by One people

      P Kiir made peace in the country in 2015, but James gatdet Dak on 2016 went and created a big lie on facebook that almost got two of our last great leaders death in it, now Rebles are continuing on lying and continuing on hating others and creating mistrust among the leaders of the country. Why do you what our country to be like Liberia or other countries, with all the food that we have?

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      • 15 May 2018 02:30, by One people

        I meant why do you want our country to be like Liberia or other countries that is being in hunger and violence for longtime? Please fight your problem on your own and fix your problem on your own

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  • 15 May 2018 05:24, by Uncle J

    Somebody need to put a bullet in his head if this idiot ever stop foot on South Sudan soil!!!!!! Enough Project was a spy agent also benefited on South Sudan crisis. Assets freezes sanctions on South Sudan leaders should also include John Frendergast on the list because through his making as a spy South Sudan is now a failed state

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  • 15 May 2018 05:29, by Uncle J

    ...If he ever steps foot on to our soil he’s a dead man if all the citizens have my view how John Frendergast plays our nation

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    • 15 May 2018 06:10, by dinkdong

      You just have problems with people who tell the truths, haven’t you? Maybe someone should instead put a bullet on your head and whoever you support between Kiir and Riek. You ruined the country.

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  • 15 May 2018 06:28, by JUR ATHÏT

    Thanks God that monkey will remain in his JAIL in South Africa. No more J1 war since he is going to be excluded in Transitional Government of National Unity(TGoU). His Nuer slave will be obsorbed into our mighty SPLA.

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