November 2012

5 Stories You May Have Missed This Week

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A weekly round-up of must-read stories, posted every Friday (or on occasion, on Saturday).  Read More »

New Policy Brief: Why Congo Needs a Broadened Peace Process

M23 rebel soldiers in Congo

Last week, on November 20, the M23 rebels seized Goma, a major city in eastern Congo, escalating the ongoing conflict and highlighting the urgency for a credible peace process. Over the weekend, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, or ICGLR, met in Kampala for a high-level crisis summit—attended by the presidents of Congo and Uganda as well as by representatives of the M23—to discuss the increasing crisis.  Read More »

Thirteen Villages Burned in Sudan

Satellite imagery of burned area in al Hoi,South Kordofan,Sudan.

Thirteen villages were deliberately burned across a 30-square mile area in the Nuba Mountains between November 17 and November 22, 2012, according to a new Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, report.  Read More »

Follow the Money (and the Minerals)

This piece first appeared as part of New York Times’ "Room for Debate." Enough Project Co-founder John Prendergast and others—including writer Eve Ensler, consultant and analyst Willet Weeks, Kambale Musavuli of Friends of the Congo, Yaa-Lengi Ngemi of the Congo Coalition, and Séverine Autesserre of Columbia University—address the complex question: How to stabilize Congo?  Read More »

Congo: ICC Will Investigate Crimes Committed by M23 and Others

ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatoua Bensouda

In the aftermath of the March 23 Movement, or M23, seizure of Goma, the International Criminal Court, or ICC,Chief Prosecutor Fatoua Bensouda announced that her office is investigating "allegations of ICC crimes by members and leaders of M23, and by other parties taking advantage of the chaos in the region."  Read More »

Congolese Diaspora: "The time for peace in Congo is now"

Congolese diaspora protest outside the White House

On November 28th, a dedicated group of activists gathered in front of the White House to bring attention to the ongoing crisis in eastern Congo. Organized by members of the Congolese diaspora community from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, the rally wasa public protest against the escalating conflict in Congo and a call on the U.S. government to take action against the worst aggressors of the conflict.  Read More »

ABC's "Scandal" Tackles the Issue of Genocide in All Too Familiar Way

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Viewers of ABC's new hit show "Scandal," a sexy political drama that purports to unveil the indecent underbelly of our nation's capital, have, undoubtedly, found some of the show's plot lines a bit familiar.  Read More »

Dear President Obama: Congo Needs You Now, Will You Respond?

President Obama speaks at the United Nations headquarters in New York

As we were making our way home to be with family and friends this Thanksgiving, the M23 rebel group backed by Rwanda and Uganda stormed and seized Goma, one of the largest cities in eastern Congo. This is the first time since 2004, at the height of Congo's conflict, that rebels have occupied the city of Goma. A week has gone by, but the U.S. media and government have barely acknowledged this escalating crisis.  Read More »

Video: Former ICC Chief Ocampo Discusses Court with Enough’s John Prendergast

Prendergast and Ocampo sit down for discussion of his work with the ICC

To commend the historic work of the International Criminal Court under the leadership of its first chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Jewish World Watch selected Ocampo as the recipient of the group’s 6th annual I Witness Award. Following Ocampo’s remarks, the former chief prosecutor sat down with Enough Project Co-founder John Prendergast for a public interview about the work of the ICC and the specific cases that the court initiated during Ocampo’s tenure.  Read More »

Thousands United Against the LRA

Ten thousand Invisible Children supporters descended in red t-shirts on the D.C. Convention Center earlier this month for the group’s largest event to date: MOVE:DC. While I walked 15 minutes from my apartment, there were attendees who had flown from Brazil and driven from California, all united in their commitment to ending the atrocities of the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, and apprehending now-infamous rebel leader Joseph Kony.  Read More »