South Sudan’s perilous oil fields

(The Hindu) -- 
Nizar Manek, 9 April 2017
Rebel leaders say they will capture workers and shut down the oil fields in South Sudan as they wait for the government of President Salva Kiir to run out of money
It was on the evening of March 19 when, in the Gumry oil field in South Sudan’s northern Upper Nile region, opposition forces abducted Ayaaz Hussein Jamali while he was on a routine job. They opened fire and killed the 26-year-old Pakistani engineer’s driver, operator and guard. He pleaded with the rebels not to kill them. But they told him, “It’s part of war,” before bundling him into a vehicle and driving away into the jungle.
By 9.30 p.m., Mr. Jamali was in the rebel headquarters in Pagak, where he joined two Indian workers. He said the Indians had been surrounded by 10 armed rebels and abducted two weeks earlier from the nearby Adar field. Mr. Jamali was working for Dar Petroleum, whose biggest stakeholders are China National Petroleum and Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional. He said Dar hires Indians, Pakistanis, South Africans, Egyptians, Malaysians and Chinese as technical staff. The Indians were abducted because “people there thought they were Chinese extracting oil.”
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