News / Africa

Oil the Focus of South Sudan Listeners' Comments

  • “I will only believe the resumption of oil production when I see the oil flowing... There have been so many dishonored agreements since 1921. God bless [Sudanese] President Bashir and his party... for choosing to cooperate with South Sudan."  Akeen Nyanut

    Oil spills onto the ground from a wellhead strafed by shrapnel from a bomb dropped by fighter jets at the El Nar oil field in South Sudan's Unity State, March 3, 2012.
  •  “The resumption of oil production and transportation through Sudanese pipelines is good news for now. However, South Sudan should endeavor to construct an alternative pipeline for the future." James Duasanga in Yambio.

    A map of oil pipelines in Sudan. Landlocked South Sudan relies on pipelines in Sudan to transport the crude it produces to sea ports for export.
  • “All the people of South Sudan will be happy if the agreements signed between Sudan and South Sudan are implemented fully. However, I urge the leadership of South Sudan to open their eyes and ensure South Sudan has its own pipeline." James Manase Nyaku in Yambio

    An oil well oozes crude after it was hit by bomb shrapnel from fighter jets at El Nar oil field in South Sudan's Unity State, March 3, 2012.
  • “Is it true that the government of Sudan has decided to allow South Sudan to export oil through its territory? I will only believe when I see oil flowing." Wen Nyan in Juba

    Sudanese workers inspect burnt out oil pipes at the border town of Heglig, Sudan, April 24, 2012 (file photo).
  • ”I thank God for bringing Sudan to see the need to implement the cooperation agreements and to end Africa's long-running conflict." Wen Deng Akeen, Juba

    An oil processing facility in Unity State, South Sudan, April 22, 2012.
  • "I... congratulate the people of Argentina because this time, the papacy fell into their country." John Dhiil Thak Kuland, Bentiu

    Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, waves as he leaves the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica in Rome, Italy, March 14, 2013
  •  “We need forced marriages to stop in South Sudan. I am concerned that, in addition to forced marriages, we still have primitive cultures that use girls to compensate families in cases of murder." Oswaha American Jackson, Torit

    Sixteen-year-old Akuot, shown here in Bor, Jonglei state, in Feburary 2013, was beaten for three days after she refused to be married off in exchange for a dowry of cattle.(Courtesy/HRW)
Click on the picture to read South Sudan in Focus listeners' comments.
South Sudan in Focus listeners's comments this week focus mainly on the agreement reached between Juba and Khartoum to resume oil exports.

Email your comments to
But listeners also congratulate Argentina after the Archbishop of Buenos Aires is elected to the papacy, and call for an end to forced marriage.

Click on the image to read the comments in a photo slideshow.

If you'd like to comment on a story that affects you, email us at or send a text message to  09 55 58 44 07, if you're inside South Sudan.

If you're outside the country, dial the international dialing code, followed by (211) 955 584 407.
Inside South Sudan?  Text comments to 09 55 58 44 07. Outside South Sudan? Text to: ++ (211) 955 584 407.

You May Like

US, China Have Dueling Definitions of Cybersecurity

Analysts say attribution or or proving that a particular individual or government is responsible for a hack, is a daunting task More

Snowden: I'd Go to Prison to Return to US

Former NSA contractor says he has not received a formal plea-deal offer from US officials, who consider him to be a traitor More

Goodbye Pocahontas: Photos Reveal Today's Real Native Americans

Weary of stereotypes, photographer Matika Wilbur is determined to reshape the public's perception of her people More

This forum has been closed.
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Russia’s Syria Involvement Raising Concerns in Europei
Luis Ramirez
October 02, 2015 4:45 PM
European nations are joining the United States in demanding that Russia stop targeting opposition groups other than the Islamic State militants as Russian warplanes continue to conduct raids in Syria. The demand came in a statement from Britain, France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States Friday. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video Russia’s Syria Involvement Raising Concerns in Europe

European nations are joining the United States in demanding that Russia stop targeting opposition groups other than the Islamic State militants as Russian warplanes continue to conduct raids in Syria. The demand came in a statement from Britain, France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States Friday. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video First Self-Driving Truck Debuts on European Highways

The first automated semi-trailer truck started its maiden voyage Friday, Oct. 2, on a European highway. The Daimler truck called 'Actros' is the first potentially mass-produced truck whose driver will be required only to monitor the situation, similar to the role of an airline captain while the plane is in autopilot mode. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Nano-tech Filter Cleans Dirty Water

Access to clean water is a problem for hundreds of millions of people around the world. Now, a scientist and chemical engineer in Tanzania (in East Africa) is working to change that by creating an innovative water filter that makes dirty water safe. VOA’s Deborah Block has the story.

Video Demand Rising for Organic Produce in Cambodia

In Cambodia, where rice has long been the main cash crop, farmers are being encouraged to turn to vegetables to satisfy the growing demand for locally produced organic farm products. Daniel de Carteret has more from Phnom Penh.

Video Migrant Influx Costs Europe, But Economy Could Benefit

The influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants is testing Europe’s ability to respond – especially in the poorer Balkan states. But some analysts argue that Europe will benefit by welcoming the huge numbers of young people – many of them well educated and willing to work. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

Video Botanists Grow Furniture, with Pruning Shears

For something a bit out of the ordinary to furnish your home, why not consider wooden chairs, crafted by nature, with a little help from some British botanists with an eye for design. VOA’s Jessica Berman reports.

Video New Fabric Helps Fight Dust-Related Allergies

Many people around the world suffer from dust-related allergies, caused mainly by tiny mites that live in bed linen. Polish scientists report they have successfully tested a fabric that is impenetrable to the microscopic creatures. VOA’s George Putic has more.

Video Burkina Faso's Economy Deeply Affected by Political Turmoil

Political turmoil in Burkina Faso over the past year has taken a toll on the economy. The transitional government is reporting nearly $70 million in losses in the ten days that followed a short-lived coup by members of the presidential guard earlier this month. The crisis shut businesses and workers went on strike. With elections on the horizon, Emilie Iob reports on what a return to political stability can do for the country's economic recovery.

Video Fleeing Violence, Some Syrians Find Refuge in Irbil

As Syrians continue to flee their country’s unrest to seek new lives in safer places, VOA Persian Service reporter Shepol Abbassi visited Irbil, where a number Syrians have taken refuge. During the religious holidy of Eid al-Adha, the city largely shut down, as temperatures soared. Amy Katz narrates his report.

Video Nigeria’s Wecyclers Work for Reusable Future in Lagos

The streets and lagoons of Africa's largest city - Lagos, Nigeria - are often clogged with trash, almost none of which gets recycled. One company is trying to change that. Chris Stein reports for VOA from Lagos.

Video Sketch Artist Helps Catch Criminals, Gives a Face to Deceased

Police often face the problem of trying to find a crime suspect based on general descriptions that could fit hundreds of people in the vicinity of the crime. In these cases, an artist can use information from witnesses to sketch a likeness that police can show the public via newspapers and television. But, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, such sketches can also help bring back faces of the dead.

Video Thailand Set to Build China-like Internet Firewall

Thai authorities are planning to tighten control over the Internet, creating a single international access point so they can better monitor content. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Bangkok on what is being called Thailand’s own "Great Firewall."

Video Croatian Town’s War History Evokes Empathy for Migrants

As thousands of Afghanistan, Iraqi and Syrian migrants pass through Croatia, locals are reminded of their own experiences with war and refugees in the 1990s. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from the town of Vukovar, where wartime scars still are visible today.

Video Long Drought Affecting California’s Sequoias

California is suffering under a historic four-year drought and scientists say even the state's famed sequoia trees are feeling the pain. The National Park Service has started detailed research to see how it can help the oldest living things on earth survive. VOA’s George Putic reports.

VOA Blogs