Thursday, 23 August 2012

Powerful South Sudanese military leader dies

Historians describe Matip as a man driven more by ambition during the war than by ideology. 
He was "the quintessential freebooter, willing to ally himself with God or the devil, depending on which would supply him with the resources to sustain his panache and his private army," Sudan historian Robert O Collins wrote. 
One of his main interests during the war was protecting and developing a "small trading empire" based on cattle and sorghum in the areas near Bentiu, capital of Unity State, according to historian Douglas Johnson.

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