5 Reasons You Should Care About Sudan War

Rising gas prices and more 'lost boys' could result
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2012 7:00 PM CDT
A Sudanese worker inspects burnt out oil pipes at the oil-rich border town of Heglig, Sudan.   (AP Photo/Abd Raouf)

(Newser) – The conflict between Sudan and South Sudan may seem far-flung, but Scott Baldauf of the Christian Science Monitor runs down five reasons Americans should pay attention, including:

  • Gas prices: They may have eased in the US lately, but instability in oil-producing nations could change that in a hurry. One of the main disputes in the Sudan conflict is over how to share oil revenue.
  • China: Beijing has a big stake here, given that it buys 60% of Sudan's oil. China generally doesn't get involved in internal disputes, but it is already "deeply involved, behind the scenes" in trying to find a resolution. It could be a precedent-setter.
  • More 'lost boys': Decades of previous fighting led to a generation of refugees known as the Lost Boys of Sudan. The new fighting already has pushed 35,000 people from their homes. Is a new generation of lost boys imminent?
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