‘The government said it’s luck…for us, there’s no benefit’

South Sudan, currently the world’s youngest independent state, is a mere stone’s throw away from its first anniversary, but the country  maintains myriads of seemingly insurmountable problems, which pose a concern that the ruptured state has its own time bomb currently ticking for secession into many more fragile, smaller states, and in a Hudibrastic state, the bulk surrounding the problems is actually what that’s supposed to have enriched the state better than the Northern counterparts: oil. Production may have surpassed 500,000 barrels a day, but miserably, most of the profits often go to – as the locals complain – foreign oil companies, in which the accusation is aimed to CNPC (China’s state-owned oil enterprise), Petronas (enterprise of the similar kind with the former, based in Malaysia), and Sudapet (pertaining to government of Sudan).

This video describes how the oil, indirectly, is threatening the lives of people in a small town of Paloich, in South Sudan. It was taken in early January 2011 by Al Jazeera English correspondents, half a year before the country’s independence.