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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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June 26 2014

From Enough blogs Thu Jun 26 2014, 13:32:12

The first six months of 2014 have brought devastating death and destruction in Sudan, on par with the height of the genocide in Darfur from 2003-2005. Despite the United Nations Security Council mandating that the Sudanese government disarm its Janjaweed militias a decade ago, it never did. Now, as the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor says, a new iteration of the Janjaweed have taken the country by storm. A new report by the Enough Project and Satellite Sentinel Project, "Janjaweed Reincarnate: Sudan's New Army of War Criminals," traces the movements of these fighters -- newly trained, heavily armed, and re-branded as "Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Akshaya Kumar, Enough Project Sudan and South Sudan Analyst and co-author of the report says,

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June 24 2014

From Enough blogs Tue Jun 24 2014, 17:48:02

Editor's Note: This post was written by Enough Project intern Tomas Husted.

On Wednesday, June 18, Ford Motor Company released its Sustainability Report 2013/2014. Available online, the report documents Ford's efforts to enhance its sustainability through a wide range of initiatives, most notably on the issue of responsible sourcing. With the automobile industry slow to lead positive change in combatting the use of conflict minerals, Ford's report is a refreshing sign that one of America's most lucrative and influential businesses may be joining the growing movement to build a clean global minerals supply chain. The report also covers progress Ford has made in improving the fuel economy of its automobiles, reducing the company's environmental impact, and working to eradicate all forms of ...

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June 20 2014

From Enough blogs Fri Jun 20 2014, 11:10:11

Editor's Note: this post was written by Raise Hope for Congo intern Alyssa Cuddy.

On the night of November 22, 2012, witnesses and victims report that Congolese army soldiers raped over 200 civilians from the South Kivu town of Minova. Thirty-nine men were apprehended and put on trial for war crimes including rape and pillage. Yet, due to a culture of high-level impunity, insufficient time, and fewer resources, prosecutors only succeeded in convicting two men for rape and the others for lesser crimes.

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Congo-Kinshasa:   Minova's Rape Acquittals Reveal Lessons for Congo (analysis)
ENOUGH Project
20 May 2014

If Congo and the international community are to learn anything productive from the Minova trial, they will look beyond its verdict. The devil - and the value - is in the details. [read more]

June 18 2014

From Enough blogs Wed Jun 18 2014, 11:07:35

Congress should give the Office of Foreign Assets Control the resources necessary for an expanded mission.

Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from an op-ed which originally appeared on The Hill. It was written by Akshaya Kumar, Enough Project Sudan and South Sudan Policy Analyst, and Ken Sofer, a Policy Analyst with the National Security and International Policy team at the Center for American Progress.

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June 17 2014

From Enough blogs Tue Jun 17 2014, 16:12:13

Seventy-eight international human rights groups, including the Enough Project and Humanity United, joined together today to call for a fresh approach to U.S. policy on the war-torn countries of Sudan and South Sudan. In an open letter directed to Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, and National Security Advisor Susan Rice and a memo to the U.S. Congress outlining new policy priorities, the diverse coalition identified key initiatives to address conflict and violence in both countries. Representing thousands of supporters across the United States, Sudan and South Sudan, the signatory groups and leaders call for an increased focus on accountability, diplomacy, democracy promotion, and humanitarian aid.

"Doubling down on diplomacy and backing ...

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June 13 2014

From Enough blogs Fri Jun 13 2014, 09:51:48

Editor's Note: This post was written by Enough Project intern Tomas Husted and Policy Associate Holly Dranginis.

On June 2, the family of murdered Congolese human rights activist Floribert Chebeya filed a lawsuit in Senegal accusing a Congolese police officer of participation in the 2010 killing of Chebeya and his driver, Fidele Bazana. The new charges, filed on behalf of the victims' relatives by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), a Paris-based NGO, are a welcomed development in an otherwise troubling series of events following Chebeya's death. Congolese authorities should properly investigate and prosecute these crimes and ensure the families and supporters of the case are protected from intimidation and attack.

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June 12 2014

From Enough blogs Thu Jun 12 2014, 11:14:17

Editor's Note: This post was written by Raise Hope for Congo intern Alyssa Cuddy.

In The Monuments Men, George Clooney as Frank Stokes says, "If you destroy an entire generation of people's culture, it's as if they never existed." Artists such as Meni Mbugha and Mapendo Sumuni, recognizing that same urgency today in Congo, are taking initiative to preserve a rich cultural heritage in the midst of the deadliest conflict since World War II.

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Congo-Kinshasa:   Helping Artists in the Middle of Conflict (news)
Deutsche Welle
28 April 2014

Mapendo Sumuni, a young art lover, is helping artists in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo gain visibility and sell their works. She dreams of selling local art to an international market one ... [read more]

Congo-Kinshasa:   The Little Art House in Eastern Congo (news)
19 May 2014

In the midst of regional uncertainty, Mapendo Sumuni's colourful store in Goma is giving Congolese artists reason to celebrate and express themselves. [read more]

June 11 2014

From Enough blogs Wed Jun 11 2014, 11:11:25

Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from an op-ed which originally appeared on VICE News. George Clooney, co-founder of Not On Our Watch, and John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project, together founded the Satellite Sentinel Project.

Under the cover of darkness, in a world whose attention is diverted by more camera-accessible crises in Ukraine, Syria, and the Central African Republic (CAR), the Sudan government has revived and intensified its genocidal strategy in the main war zones of Sudan. No media is allowed. The few aid organizations still permitted to operate there are under strict agreement to do so quietly. And the United Nations mission in Darfur has recently been implicated in a broad institutional cover-up of both the scale of devastation, and of the Sudan government's ...

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June 3 2014

From Enough blogs Tue Jun 3 2014, 17:33:24

This post is by Guest Blogger Lydia Marcus, a student at Calvin Christian High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She wrote it following a recent class trip to Washington, D.C. where they visited the Enough Project offices and Capitol Hill, recounting the trip and the feeling of power she gained to personally make a difference in the world.

Does my vote matter? All voters are faced with this question, though perhaps unconsciously. Unfortunately, many American voters often come to the conclusion that their vote does not matter, and this political inefficacy is especially present in young voters. According to the Census Bureau, young voters have historically voted at lower rates than any other age group. This is a sad predicament to have, because each vote does matter. Ours is a government of ...

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