Official South Sudan data obtained by MEES shows oil revenues – almost the sole source of income – collapsing to just $40mn/month, covering a mere 16% of budget spending.

The government of South Sudan generated just $984mn from crude sales in the 2014-15 financial year, down by almost 40% on the previous year’s $1.59bn takings, according to a Ministry of Petroleum report seen by MEES.

Crude marketed by the government amounted to a total of $2.39bn, but once payments to...