United States Announces Ending Its Financial Assistance To South Sudan

The United States has officially announced on Thursday that it is ending its large funding financial assistance to South Sudanese government in what the States termed as pulling out from led corrupted leaders.

United States Announces Ending Its Financial Assistance To South Sudan
U.S. National Security Advisor John R. Bolton [Photo credit|AP]

By James Deng Dimo

JUBA, 14 December 2018 [Gurtong] - The announcement comes as President Trump’s administration rolls out its new African strategy to deal with what the administration described as ‘predatory behavior’.

In a statement released on Thursday, the U.S. National Security Advisor John R. Bolton “hard-earned” taxpayer money will not go in the pockets of “corrupt autocrats” at the expense of their people.

“We will not provide loans or more American resources to a South Sudanese government led by the same morally bankrupt leaders, who perpetuate the horrific violence and immense human suffering in South Sudan,” Bolton says.

Bolton mentioned that the United States provides billions of dollars to South Sudan and that between 2014 and 2018 alone, Washington provided approximately $3.76 billion dollars in humanitarian aid to Juba.

Bolton warned that nations that receive US aid “without effect, assistance without accountability, and relief without reform” should expect changes.

In February, the United States imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan, sanctioned State-owned oil entities and individuals in March, and successfully helped pushed a UN Security Council arms ban in May.

Responding to the United States move, South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth challenged the decision saying “South Sudan’s government is not run with US money.”


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