5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

From Enough blogs Fri Feb 8 2013, 15:54:22

Here at Enough, we often swap emails with interesting articles and feature stories that we come across in our favorite publications and on our favorite websites. We wanted to share some of these stories with you as part of our effort to keep you up to date on what you need to know in the world of anti-genocide and crimes against humanity work.

IRIN published an in-depth piece on the mounting threats to free speech in South Sudan. A series of incidents involving journalists and civil society groups reveal what may be the government's still limited authority ("We just don't have control over these people," according to some government officials) or, more cynically, a deliberate effort to tamp down on any criticism of the new country.

Refugees International highlights the acute challenges of life in "spontaneous settlements" in eastern Congo-camps set up as people have fled insecurity through much of last year that do not receive regular assistance from aid distributors. The photo report underscores RI's view that "The humanitarian community, starting with the UN Refugee Agency, must take responsibility for their role in supporting these individuals and ensure that the no camp is forgotten."

The Belgian news site Mondiaal Nieuws published an expose on "Getting Rich in Poverty-stricken Congo." Drawing from a confidential source who offered a glimpse at his well-worn blueprint for taking advantage of the system (or lack thereof), Congolese-Australian journalist Eric Mwamba provides a devastatingly candid description of how the gaping divide is perpetuated between Congo's haves and have-nots.

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South Sudan:   Lawmakers Extend Kiir's Tenure to 'Pursue the Peace Process' (news)
Deutsche Welle
25 March 2015

Legislators in South Sudan on Tuesday (24.03.2015) voted to extend the tenure of President Salva Kiir by three years. The government said that this was necessary for the stability of the country. [read more]

South Sudan:   Lawmakers in South Sudan Extend Their Own and President Kiir's Term of Office By Three Years (news)
Government of Ethiopia
25 March 2015

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South Sudan:   WCC General Secretary and Ellen Margrethe Løj Discuss Peace Process in South Sudan (press release)
World Council of Churches
26 March 2015

The peace process in South Sudan and efforts from churches towards reconciliation were the focus of a meeting between Ellen Margrethe Løj, special representative and head of the United Nations ... [read more]

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