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South Sudanese leaders live in opulence while common people wallow in poverty: report

Actor George Clooney, releasing 'The Sentry' report on South Sudan in Washington, DC Source: AAP

A human rights group has accused top officials in South Sudan, including the President, of profiteering from the nation's civil war. A two-year investigation has allegedly uncovered evidence that some high-ranking officials have amassed fortunes during the continuing conflict through questionable business deals and large payments from corporations. Phillippa Carisbrooke reports.

A 24 month-long investigation by the humanitarian organisation, The Sentry, claims to have uncovered evidence of South Sudan's political elite amassing overseas fortunes, staying in 5-star hotels and driving luxury cars, despite earning modest government salaries.

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