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Watchdog says global oil consortium hurting South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan — A watchdog says the largest multinational oil consortium in South Sudan is “proactively participating in the destruction” of the country after years of civil war.

A new report by The Sentry, which reports on links between corruption and mass atrocities, says it found Dar Petroleum provided direct support to deadly militias.

The report explores how a variety of international individuals and businesses were linked to armed conflict during the country’s five-year civil war that ended with a peace deal a year ago.

South Sudan is the most oil-dependent country in the world, and Dar Petroleum is one of the country’s most important entities.

It is comprised of China’s state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation, Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas, Chinese state-owned Sinopec, the private Egyptian-based firm SSTO and South Sudan’s state-owned Nile Petroleum.

The Associated Press