Middle East

Report: South Sudan leaders amass wealth as country burns

  • FILE - In this Friday, April 29, 2016 file photo, the then South Sudan's First Vice President Riek Machar, left, looks across at President Salva Kiir, right, as they sit to be photographerd following the first meeting of a new transitional coalition government, in the capital Juba, South Sudan. A new report Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 by a U.S.-based watchdog group accuses South Sudan's rival leaders of amassing wealth abroad amid a conflict in which tens of thousands have been killed. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, April 29, 2016 file photo, the then South Sudan's First Vice President Riek Machar, left, looks across at President Salva Kiir, right, as they sit to be photographerd following the first meeting of a new transitional coalition government, in the capital Juba, South Sudan. A new report Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 by a U.S.-based watchdog group accuses South Sudan's rival leaders of amassing wealth abroad amid a conflict in which tens of thousands have been killed. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Thursday, July 9, 2015 file photo, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, left, accompanied by army chief of staff Paul Malong, right, waves during the independence day ceremony in the capital Juba, South Sudan. A new report Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 by a U.S.-based watchdog group accuses South Sudan's rival leaders of amassing wealth abroad amid a conflict in which tens of thousands have been killed. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, July 9, 2015 file photo, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, left, accompanied by army chief of staff Paul Malong, right, waves during the independence day ceremony in the capital Juba, South Sudan. A new report Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 by a U.S.-based watchdog group accuses South Sudan's rival leaders of amassing wealth abroad amid a conflict in which tens of thousands have been killed. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday, May 16, 2016 file photo, a group of government soldiers wait in line during a military parade celebrating the national army in Juba, South Sudan. A new report Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 by a U.S.-based watchdog group accuses South Sudan's rival leaders of amassing wealth abroad amid a conflict in which tens of thousands have been killed. (AP Photo/Justin Lynch, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, May 16, 2016 file photo, a group of government soldiers wait in line during a military parade celebrating the national army in Juba, South Sudan. A new report Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 by a U.S.-based watchdog group accuses South Sudan's rival leaders of amassing wealth abroad amid a conflict in which tens of thousands have been killed. (AP Photo/Justin Lynch, File)  (The Associated Press)

A new report by a U.S.-based watchdog group accuses South Sudan's rival leaders of amassing wealth abroad amid a conflict in which tens of thousands have been killed.

The report by The Sentry says President Salva Kiir, former deputy Riek Machar and those close to both men have looted the country in accumulating wealth that includes mansions and luxury cars abroad.

The report says it has obtained images of their family members partying in five-star hotels as well as documentation of their offshore properties.

South Sudan plunged into conflict soon after Kiir fired Machar from his post as vice president in 2013. A peace deal reached a year ago under international pressure has been violated repeatedly by fighting, and Machar fled the country in recent weeks.