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August 21 2014

From Enough blogs Thu Aug 21 2014, 17:42:22

EDITOR'S NOTE: This blog was written by Enough Project intern Irina Balytsky.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the Great Lakes Region of Africa has been entrenched in conflict for nearly 20 years. Militias control artisanal mines and minerals, specifically tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold, and profit when minerals are sold into the global supply chain through illegal networks.

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August 18 2014

From Enough blogs Mon Aug 18 2014, 11:16:01

Editor's Note: This blog was written by a doctor working in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, and reflects the opinion and experiences of the author alone. It has been published anonymously to protect the author's identity and safety.


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August 12 2014

From Enough blogs Tue Aug 12 2014, 17:57:17

For the past two months, the Enough Project has been counting down to mediators' 60 day deadline to establish a transitional government of national unity for South Sudan. However, instead of committing themselves to peace talks, South Sudan's leaders have done almost everything except sit down and make the tough concessions necessary to forge peace through negotiations. Now that the deadline has passed, a chorus of voices from across the globe have threatened South Sudan's leaders with punitive measures and targeted sanctions. The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.K. Foreign Office and members of the U.N. Security Council who visited Juba on August 12th have all spoken out. 


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From Enough blogs Tue Aug 12 2014, 14:36:12

New photographs smuggled out of Darfur show uniformed Sudanese security forces brazenly assaulting Darfuris living in El Salam camp for the internally displaced. The camp, on the outskirts of Nyala in South Darfur, is host to tens of thousands who fled their homes due to violence. The recent assault was carried out last week under the pretense of a disarmament campaign. However, Abu Sharati, spokesman for the camp residents' association argues "the main objective of this attack is terrorising the camp population and dismantling the camp." Camps like El Salam serve as a vivid counterpoint to the Sudanese government's ongoing efforts to convince the international community that people are returning home to "model villages" and that things are returning ...

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August 11 2014

From Enough blogs Mon Aug 11 2014, 18:03:57

The 60 day deadline to form a transitional government of national unity agreed to by President Salva Kiir and Opposition leader Riek Machar at the IGAD Heads of State summit on June 10 has expired. Little progress has been made on substantive issues due to an overwhelming lack of commitment on both sides to reaching a negotiated settlement. Vicious fighting, including the targeting of aid workers based on ethnicity, has continued, even as the parties discuss security arrangements in Addis.

On Wednesday, regional heads of state will meet once again for an extraordinary summit to discuss the dire situation in South Sudan and the looming threat of the worst man-made famine the world has seen in decades. On the heels of strong ...

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South Sudan:   Addis Dispatches - At the IGAD Peace Talks (analysis)
African Arguments
7 August 2014

The excuse was laughable, if tragic. Explaining that the 'banks are closed' for the Eid-al-Fitr and Martyrs' Day holidays, the government of South Sudan delegation stated it was unable to travel to ... [read more]

From Enough blogs Mon Aug 11 2014, 15:53:06

Editor's Note: This article was originally posted in the Daily Beast under the title, "Why the US-Africa summit was important and why it wasn't." 

​It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ...

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August 8 2014

From Enough blogs Fri Aug 8 2014, 12:54:25

Editor's Note: This blog post was written in Goma, August 4, 2014, by Timo Mueller with contributions by Fidel Bafilemba

In important developments last Thursday, on 31 July, Congolese authorities cleared all charges leveled against General Amisi Kumba, former commander of the Congolese land forces. Amisi was suspended on 22 November 2012 following accusations made by the United Nations Group of Experts that he "oversees a network distributing hunting ammunition for poachers and armed groups, including Raïa Mutomboki" and Nyatura. The Rwandan government further asserted that Amisi contributes weapons to the FDLR rebel group. Amisi is also accused of a number of war crimes including widespread killings, summary executions, ...

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From Enough blogs Fri Aug 8 2014, 11:06:23

When Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee led women in song at the fish markets on the Liberian coast in the late 1990s, she began one of the most striking peace movements of our time. Amidst brutal civil war, Gbowee mobilized women across diverse religious and political affiliations to demand inclusion in their country's peace process. As they advanced from church basements to picket lines to presidential palaces, little did Gbowee know she would inspire women over a decade later, almost three thousand miles away in the war-ravaged eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

One afternoon in May, I sat with Justine Masika Bihamba in her tile-floored living room in North Kivu's gritty, vibrant provincial capital of Goma. Bihama coordinates women's ...

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From Enough blogs Fri Aug 8 2014, 10:15:21

Editor's Note: This op-ed, authored by John Prendergast and Sasha Lezhnev, originally appeared in The Daily Beast. 

As the first ever U.S.-Africa summit opens in Washington today, all is not quiet on Congo's eastern front. Just before the 4th of July when most Americans were watching fireworks, diplomatic pyrotechnics erupted in Africa that now seriously threaten to reignite the war in eastern Congo, a conflict that has left more people dead than any war since World War II. The kerfuffle concerns the rebel group that has been at the center of the war, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a dangerous militia based in Congo and led by some of the perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide

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From Enough blogs Fri Aug 8 2014, 09:57:30

We are excited to announce a new collaboration between the Enough Project's Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program and the Rockflower Fund.

Rockflower is a new fund which seeks to transform the lives and livelihoods of women and girls around the world by connecting large funders in developed nations with organizations investing in women and girls in underdeveloped nations. Rockflower has chosen five key areas to focus on related to women and girls: peace and security, access to water, maternal and reproductive health, education, and financial independence. The Darfur Dream Team has been chosen as one of the first five organizations to receive support representing the key component of Education. Other selected organizations include The Institute for Inclusive Security, Water for People, ...

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