Report counts cost of prolonged war in South Sudan

January 14, 2015 11:40 AM

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NAIROBI (Reuters) - South Sudan's conflict could cost regional nations Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania a combined $53 billion if it lasts another five years as they deal with refugees, security needs and other spillover effects, a report said on Wednesday.

London-based consultancy Frontier Economics estimated that South Sudan's economy contracted by 15 percent last year as a result of the civil war, which has killed more than 10,000 people in the world's newest country and curtailed oil output.

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