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July 28 2014

From Enough blogs Mon Jul 28 2014, 11:19:35

A recently-concluded three-day regional summit in the Congolese capital of Brazzaville narrowly delivered a much anticipated ceasefire agreement between Séléka and Anti-Balaka forces, the two major armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR). Such an agreement does not, however, guarantee an end to the country's deep crisis. Disarmament of the armed groups, local dialogues, justice reform, and a clear roadmap for the remaining part of the transition are urgently needed to give the Brazzaville agreement any chance of success.

Previous regional summits and agreements have done little to end the crisis in CAR.

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July 25 2014

From Enough blogs Fri Jul 25 2014, 17:17:38

Editor's Note: This blog was written by Enough Project intern Irina Balytsky

On July 23, one day prior to the release of Ms. Mariam Ibrahim into the custody of Italy's deputy foreign minister, Omer Ismail testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations regarding this troubling case - a 27-year old mother sentenced to death by hanging for converting from Islam to Christianity. This apostasy charge is based upon the fact that her father is Muslim. Ms. Ibrahim, however, was raised by her Christian mother and had practiced Christianity all her life. Other expert witnesses included Dr. Zuhdi Jasser of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, and ...

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From Enough blogs Fri Jul 25 2014, 15:55:38

Editor's Note: This blog was written by Enough Project intern Holly Kallmeyer

With a ceasefire recently signed in Brazzaville and a new U.N. mission preparing to deploy to the Central African Republic (CAR), civil society groups are seeking ways to promote local reconciliation processes and a role in encouraging peace more broadly across CAR. During or in the wake of other conflicts, civil society has helped lay the groundwork for peace in several ways, including by facilitating dialogues to build public support for reconciliation and a lasting peace agreement from a grassroots level. Understanding the different means by which civil society groups have been involved in promoting peace in other contexts can lend insight on civil society's role in developing sustainable peace in CAR.

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July 24 2014

From Enough blogs Thu Jul 24 2014, 14:07:50

Editor's Note: This blog was written by Raise Hope for Congo intern Nadia Ilunga.

On October 23, 2013, President Kabila stood in front of the Congolese National Assembly and pledged that he would "very soon" appoint a presidential  adviser to address the issues of sexual violence and child soldier recruitment. His pledge was part of a larger speech responding to the recommendations brought forth during the "concertations nationales", a period of national dialogue that had begun in September with the aim of addressing national cohesion, the functionality of state institutions, and the violence in the east. 

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July 22 2014

From Enough blogs Tue Jul 22 2014, 09:43:12

Editor's Note: This blog is cross-posted from Invisible Children and first appeared on their website.

Right now, approximately 100 U.S. military advisors are in central Africa, assisting the regional mission to end LRA violence and arrest Joseph Kony. They were first sent to the region in late 2011, as a result of the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act, legislation that was passed thanks to the dedicated lobbying of Invisible Children activists like you.

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July 21 2014

From Enough blogs Mon Jul 21 2014, 16:36:29

Editor's Note: This post was co-authored by Annie Callaway and Sasha Lezhnev.

On July 17th, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced the appointment of senior Algerian diplomat Ambassador Said Djinnit as Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Amb. Djinnit will replace Mary Robinson, who held the position from March 2013 until last week when she accepted the role of U.N. Special Envoy for Climate Change.

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July 18 2014

From Enough blogs Fri Jul 18 2014, 10:44:17

Editor's note: This blog was written Enough Project intern Mia DiBenedetto.

On July 11, 2014, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN), and African Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Christopher Coons (D-DE), wrote a letter to President Obama expressing deep concern over the escalating violence in Sudan. The Senators urged the Obama Administration to elevate its current efforts toward addressing the violence in Darfur, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile, as well as to strengthen the existing mandate to "ensure the protection of civilians, improve humanitarian access, and seek sustainable political resolutions."

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July 11 2014

From Enough blogs Fri Jul 11 2014, 20:00:00

Editor's Note: This is an exerpt from a guest blog post written by Enough Project Sudan and South Sudan Policy Analyst Akshaya Kumar which originally appeared on ThinkProgress.

A month ago, the two protagonists in South Sudan's civil war promised to make peace within 60 days. After six months of unabated violence, the country's president, Salva Kiir and its erstwhile vice president, Riek Machar, recommitted themselves to the terms of a May 2014 ceasefire brokered by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, (IGAD) the regional group that is leading the talks. Kiir and Machar also pledged that they would ensure that humanitarians would not be obstructed in their struggle to deliver life-saving aid to the 1.5 million people who have been displaced from their homes by violence and the 7 ...

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From Enough blogs Fri Jul 11 2014, 14:43:53

Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from an op-ed written by Enough Project Sudan and South Sudan Policy Consultant Justine Fleischner, who just returned from a trip to South Sudan. It originally appeared on The Daily Beast.

In the shade of a tangled mess of tarps and wood poles that barely form a functional shelter, a group of young boys play in the mud. They have constructed an entire army barracks complete with tanks, AK-47 machine guns, heavy artillery launches, and an impressive assortment of toy soldiers hand-shaped from the mass of mud in which they were sitting. One young boy cocked his mud rifle at me and asked for his picture to be taken. This was how these boys had come to pass the time in Bentiu-a strategic flashpoint in South Sudan's civil war.

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July 10 2014

From Enough blogs Thu Jul 10 2014, 16:22:08

Editor's Note: this post was written by guest blogger Danielle Allyn. Danielle is a student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is currently spending her summer interning for Mamafrica Designs in Bukavu, DRC, while conducting research for her senior thesis.

"In 5 years, I want to be living so well that my husband [who rejected me] begs me to take him back. I want the opportunity to tell him no, and to tell him that I am better off making a life for myself and my family." Mamafrica artisan Asifiwe, vibrant and full of life, is one of the youngest student seamstresses working at Mamafrica's Ushindi center in Bukavu, DR Congo, the provincial capital of South Kivu. Each day, the women of Mamafrica arrive promptly at 8 am (some of them traveling up to two hours on foot) and ...

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