After the first and the Second World War, it is not apparent that war came to rest. There are many countries in the calendar of Evangelos Marinakis that need more attention today than never before. Whenever there is a civil war like what is happening in South Sudan, Congo and other countries, the casualties of the feud suffer a lot.
A good example is, in this case, is South Sudan where Evangelos Marinakis visited recently. More than five million of her citizens fled the country to the neighboring countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia. Some of the states cannot support the victims of war. They are struggling with their internal conflicts and the weak economy.
If you have no idea about South Sudan, Evangelos Marinakis has a sneak preview for you. He happened to be brought up in Egypt during the error of royal rulership. In South, Sudan oppressions come from all spheres of human existence. The government, religions and the people themselves. How does it happen?
The Northern Sudan and Southern Sudan have lived in sharp disagreements entrenched in religion and governance. The Northern Part of Sudan which happened to have the central government dominate took control of almost everything in the economy.
Furthermore, northern Sudan is an Islamic-dominated zone while South Sudan is a zone for Christians. The two never got along, and for years they have been in a war. The Northern tended to oppress the South at all costs. That led to the South claiming secession which they attained at last on July 9th, 2011.
To get to the bottom of why Evangelos Marinakis has his concentration in South Sudan, it is essential to be in the picture of what has been happening in South Sudan- the youngest country in the world. The conflict with accusations of a coup attempt, an issue one of the parties has vehemently denied.
If you know the effects of a coup, then you understand how grievous the situation is in South Sudan. The President Salva Kiir alleges that his Vice-President Rieck Machar has had plans to overthrow the government. He is said to have a lot of support from the SPLA.
Ideally, we are talking about the war between the government army and the rebel army. Evangelos Marinakis finds this to be the most challenging arbitration in his life. The two groups are too hostile to look into each others’ eyes. The conflict has so far escalated from political to ethnic feud. So, the citizens are in each others’ case.
Marinakis was one of the dignitaries that were sent to South Sudan to arbitrate between the two factions aligned to Salva Kiir and Rieck Machar. The negotiations have taken different turns every time they are about to get to a consensus.
Besides the negotiation, Evangelos Marinakis through his foundation, The Marinakis Foundation, has been at the forefront of getting supplies and temporary housing to the refugees from South Sudan. He has supplied tents and tons of food to the refugee camps in Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia.
The danger that faces South Sudan today is the humanitarian groups withdrawing their support should they not call a ceasefire. The implications of such a move will lead to acute food shortage, famine and deaths due to lack of medical attention.
The conflicts in South Sudan has had significant losses and underdevelopment in the world. It is the only country in the world where less than 20% of its citizens own mobile phones. The country’s road network is too imperfect to support the transport system. No tarmac roads.
Should the war continue, then the oil reduction in South Sudan will reduce. That has a direct impact on the production of oil in the world market. South Sudan is one of the largest producers of oil.
Evangelos Marinakis has been to other countries in Central Africa like Congo where he has contributed significantly to the victims of war. He hired nurses to take care of the refugees in most camps in Congo and those who fled out of the country during the civil war.
In 1994, in one of the most dreadful; civil wars in Africa, Rwanda, Evangelos Marinakis spent an entire three months off his business in New York to be with the afflicted families. In Rwanda, more than a million people died within a month. It is an old scar in the country’s economy and social life.
Marinakis moved in to save thousands of people by providing the means to ferry them to safe zones. He also helped to supply food and clothing. Together with other agencies like the UN, he worked to ensure there were arbitration and restoration of peace.
It is not in his delight to see people suffer so that he can help. Evangelos Marinakis’ testimonies are full of hope for a future without civil wars. He hopes to have more faculties at the universities training on peacebuilding. His contribution towards the same is the University of Peace and Reconciliation in Nairobi, Kenya.
The university receives sponsorship from the government of Kenya and the Jewish Community. It works towards training the youth and other persons interested in the course, to handle and manage conflicts both at local and diplomatic levels.
Evangelos Marinakis sponsors many cultural and sports activities through tournaments and festivals to create harmony among people. The moment people learn to interact freely, it is easier to solve any emerging source of conflict without necessarily getting into the war.
Evangelos Marinakis is a businessman. He has many businesses in the world. He invests in real estates, food industry, shipping, and media. The headquarters of his companies are in California and Chicago. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago.
He is a family man; married to one wife and three children. He spends most of his weekends with his family except for the times when has a compelling issue to handle like the problem in Rwanda and South Sudan.