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Vol 54 No 1

Published 11th January 2013

South Sudan

Let them eat fish

Oil may start flowing again but it will take more than that to rescue a weak economy and internal feuds will continue

South Sudanese will have to wait longer for their peace dividend. The main prospects for 2013 are more fraught negotiations with Khartoum on security and oil and most people will face another year of austerity. Outsiders might underestimate Southern determination. ‘We managed to survive without an economy for over 20 years in the war and we can do it again’, a senior minister in Juba told Africa Confidential. ‘If the people have no food, they can always learn to fish.’

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