People can wait for days for gas stations to open and sell them fuel. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
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"In September there was no fuel anywhere," Samson Kamuya says.It is a cruel irony in the world's youngest nation: 98 percent of South Sudan's economy comes from oil, but the country faces one of its worst fuel crises since civil war began in 2013 .South Sudan has Africa's third-largest oil reserves, with 3.5 billion barrels. Without refineries, the country exports crude oil and must import fuel.Nile Petroleum says it can afford to bring in only enough fuel to serve one-third of South Sudan's population.As South Sudan held its first oil and power conference Wednesday, Minister of Petroleum Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth said the government is moving "aggressively" to produce more oil, with target production of 280,000 barrels per day in the coming year.Instead of paying 1,200 South Sudanese pounds ($6.50) for 60 liters at the pump, he has paid up to 10,800 South Sudanese pounds ($58) for just 20 liters.
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