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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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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.

[view whole blog post ] news stories in this entry:
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]

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