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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.
This map from Foreign Policy illustrates the U.S. military’s presence in Africa. Clicking on each point on the map yields information on what U.S. troops, equipment, or personnel are at each location and what they’re doing in that country.
The Atlantic published an article, “The Price of Inviting Nafie Ali Nafie to Washington,” about the controversy surrounding the former advisor to Omar al-Bashir and head of Sudan’s intelligence service’s impending visit to the U.S. Nafie was officially invited to visit Washington, D.C. this year as a part of a high-level Sudanese delegation.
“The Obama administration needs to ask itself whether the still-unforeseeable political and diplomatic payoff of Nafie's visit is worth the moral statement that such a visit conveys,” says article author Armin Rosen.
In a video message recorded for the African Progress Panel, Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan makes statements about using the continent’s mineral wealth wisely and demanding more transparency in the minerals sector.
“Imagine an African continent, where leaders use mineral wealth wisely to fund better health, education, energy, and infrastructure too. Africa, our continent has oil, gas, platinum, diamonds, cobalt, copper, and more. If we use these resources wisely, they will improve the lives of millions of Africans. If we don’t, they can fuel corruption, conflict, and social instability. Transparency and accountability are key. The US and Europe are demanding new transparency from companies who work in Africa. We must also take responsibility. Our governments may have become more open. Big businesses may have improved their ways of working.
The U.N. Population Fund, or UNFPA, launched an updated Too Young to Wed website, that includes sections on community expectations for child brides, maternal and mental health, domestic violence and girls’ education, as well as a series of photo galleries. The creative and beautifully formatted site was nominated for a Webby award and also features ways you can take action to end child marriage.
BBC News’ “Africa in Pictures: 3-9 May” features photos from both Sudan and South Sudan. A man dances at a ceremony celebrating the resumption of oil production in Palouge, South Sudan, and a photo from a wrestling match in Khartoum depicts one of the country’s most popular sports.