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South Sudan officials get rich from brutal war: report

A brutal war -- which broke out in December 2013 when South Sudan President Salva Kiir (R) accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup -- has claimed tens of thousands of lives and forced many times that number to flee their homesSouth Sudan’s devastating civil war has enriched senior officials directing the conflict, including the president and his main rival, a report charged Monday. “Top officials ultimately responsible for mass atrocities in South Sudan have at the same time managed to accumulate fortunes, despite modest government salaries,” said the report, commissioned by the Hollywood actor and activist George Clooney. The brutal war — which broke out in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup — has claimed tens of thousands of lives and forced many times that number to flee their homes.

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