December 2011

Memorializing Victims of Congo Atrocities with One Million Bones

Earlier this fall, I connected with the volunteers and staff from the One Million Bones project in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The project, a collaborative art installation, is intended to create a visible movement to increase global awareness of the ongoing atrocities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, and Burma. One Million Bones asks people around the globe to create and submit their handmade bones to raise awareness of these conflicts, and suggests a small donation that will benefit three organizations that provide advocacy and direct services on the ground—one of which is Raise Hope for Congo.  Read More »

International Observations of Congo’s Elections: How Representative?

First assessments by the three major international observer missions of Congo’s presidential and legislative elections have come out, as the country awaits the official results, expected late tomorrow. An important question to ask: Did the elections observers have enough personnel on the ground to accurately assess how freely and fairly people were able to cast their votes?  Read More »

The African Union’s New LRA Special Envoy: Who is Francisco Madeira?

With the recent African Union, or A.U., announcement of the selection of a special envoy, many keen observers of anti-LRA initiatives have been wondering: Who is Francisco Caetano José Madeira, and what will he contribute to the efforts to end the destabilizing activities and atrocities committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army? A lifelong Mozambican diplomat with familiarity in the Great Lakes region as well as years of service to both the United Nations and the A.U., Madeira brings over three decades of diplomatic experience to the post of LRA special envoy.  Read More »

New Videos from Darfuri Refugee Camps

Darfur Dream Team Program Assistant Meghan Higginbotham is on her way back home after spending two weeks visiting the Darfuri refugee camps in eastern Chad, which we covered here on Enough Said. During her trip, Meghan met with students, teachers, and camp leaders from the Goz Amer and Djabal refugee camps, where she learned about the challenges to a quality education in the camps. Meet some of the people Meghan spent time with in Djabal refugee camp.  Read More »

ICC Issues Request for Arrest Warrant for Sudan Defense Minister Hussein

Today, ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo requested that an arrest warrant be issued for current Sudanese Defense Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein for crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed in Darfur from August 2003 to March 2004.

In a fact sheet assembled by Enough, we provided some background about who Hussein is and where he stands in the security apparatus of Sudan, set out the allegations laid against him today by the ICC in reference to crimes committed in Darfur, and described the crimes for which Enough believes he shares responsibility in Blue Nile, South Kordofan, and Abyei  Read More »

5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

A weekly round-up of must-read stories, posted every Friday.  Read More »

Teacher in Darfuri Camp: “We hope the little generation will get a good education by your help”

Today was my last day in Djabal refugee camp. After anticipating this visit for so long, I'm sad to leave eastern Chad and the people I’ve met. But after spending more than a week visiting Djabal and Goz Amer refugee camps, I'm returning to D.C. even more determined to increase support for refugee education here.  Read More »

LA Times Profiles George Clooney and His Satellite Sentinel Project

This weekend George Clooney will again leverage his star power, this time in a feature, “I Spy: George Clooney turns long-lens photography into a force for good, aiming satellites at human-rights violations in Sudan” by John Horn in the LA Times Magazine. The article, online now, will appear in the Sunday Edition of the LA Times.  Read More »

Sudan Opposition Rallying Around Sudan Revolutionary Front?

A political showdown in Sudan is imminent as both the ruling National Congress Party, or NCP, and the newly formed Sudan Revolutionary Front, or SRF, attempt to enlist more support from undecided opposition parties in Sudan. Soon enough all Sudanese political parties may face a dilemma: either accept the ruling NCP government or become part of the opposition coalition—a political contest that may have the potential to divide the country into two major political forces.  Read More »

Raise Hope for Congo Team Joins Students in D.C. Rally for Peace in Congo

Last week, I and other members of the Raise Hope for Congo team joined students from the DC area, along with representatives from Falling Whistles and Friends of Congo, in a rally for peace in the Congo hosted by the GW STAND chapter. We met on GW’s campus, and marched down K Street, through the Occupy DC camp, to rally in front of the White House and tell President Obama that Americans want to see action on policy towards Congo  Read More »