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The civil war raging in South Sudan has cost the lives of thousands and internally displaced close to a million people.Sudan's economy has been struggling since South Sudan separated in 2011 . Upon separating from Sudan, South Sudan took three quarters of the country's oil wealth but the pipelines, refineries and ports to export the oil are all located in the north. According to Alsir Sidahmed, veteran journalist, author of the books Sudan and Oil Years in Sudan and member of the Sudan, South Sudan Dialogue Group, the neighboring states agreed that South Sudan would pay its former countrymen three fees: a transit fee, a fee to use the central processing facilities and the long-disputed transportation fee. As part of the separation agreement, South Sudan was to begin sharing payments with Sudan from March 2013 onward.Sidahmed says Sudan had been quietly hoping to use South Sudan's high profile in the international community to obtain some debt relief.
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