South Sudan's "liberation curse"

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James Copnall. Photo: Joshua Mmali

South Sudan has suffered what has been called the "liberation curse" following its independence from Sudan in 2011, a curse which has contributed to the ongoing conflict in Africa's newest nation.

A new book launched at the United Nations by a former BBC correspondent argues that South Sudan's liberation leaders were not equipped to govern a country with so many deep-rooted problems.

James Copnall says that the current conflict could have been avoided if national interests had been prioritised by the country's leaders.

Daniel Dickinson caught up with Mr Copnall and began by asking him about the main message of the book.

Duration: 3'10"

 

 

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