The issuance of an arrest warrant for Sudan’s sitting head of state for crimes against humanity offers the Obama administration a chance to catalyze multilateral efforts to bring about a solution to Sudan’s decades-long cycle of warfare. One of the crucial missing ingredients to conflict resolution efforts has been some form of accountability for the horrific crimes against humanity that have been perpetrated by the warring parties in Sudan, primarily the Khartoum regime. Peace without justice in Sudan would only bring an illusion of stability, without addressing the primary forces driving the conflict.
Ten years ago this week, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell declared that genocide had been committed in Darfur and that the government of Sudan and the janjaweed bore responsibility for those acts. Even though it did not actually trigger a legal obligation to act, many hoped that using the "g word" meant that the United States was crossing the Rubicon and committing itself to stopping the violence in Darfur, Sudan's most troubled region. The janjaweed, however, are still at large in Darfur -- and with the Sudanese government's help, they are now arguably more powerful than ever. Read More »
Approximately 94,000 people are displaced and sheltering in U.N. bases throughout South Sudan as a result of ongoing conflict. In the midst of dire conditions and grave humanitarian needs, the agencies at one Protection of Civilians site in Tong Ping, Juba have found a simple yet highly effective approach to meeting the information needs of internally displaced persons– broadcasting news from roving “boda boda” motorbikes. Read More »
I'm a doctor, not a writer. But the situation I witnessed while volunteering in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan compels me to write and tell the story of what is happening there. Since 2011, the only hospital in the entire Nuba Mountains region, Mother of Mercy in Gidel, had been spared bombardment – until last month. Read More »
For the past two months, the Enough Project has been counting down to mediators' 60 day deadline to establish a transitional government of national unity for South Sudan. Now that the deadline has passed, a chorus of voices from across the globe have threatened South Sudan's leaders with punitive measures and targeted sanctions. Read More »
New photographs smuggled out of Darfur show uniformed Sudanese security forces brazenly assaulting Darfuris living in El Salam camp for the internally displaced. The camp, on the outskirts of Nyala in South Darfur, is host to tens of thousands who fled their homes due to violence. The recent assault was carried out last week under the pretense of a disarmament campaign. However, Abu Sharati, spokesman for the camp residents' association argues "the main objective of this attack is terrorising the camp population and dismantling the camp." Read More »
The Enough Project and five partner organizations have sent letters to the 15 UN Security Council Ambassadors, calling on the Council to make further changes to the mandate of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) to ensure that it has the focus, resources, capacity, and will to deliver and report on its core mandate of protecting civilians.
The 60 day deadline to form a transitional government of national unity agreed to by President Salva Kiir and Opposition leader Riek Machar at the IGAD Heads of State summit on June 10 has expired. Little progress has been made on substantive issues due to an overwhelming lack of commitment on both sides to reaching a negotiated settlement. Vicious fighting, including the targeting of aid workers based on ethnicity, has continued, even as the parties discuss security arrangements in Addis. Read More »
Representatives of Sudanese diaspora communities and Sudan activist groups in the United States released a letter to the U.S. Administration and the African leaders requesting that the well-being of the Sudanese people be remembered in the work of the Summit. Read More »
With escalating conflict in Sudan and the threat of famine and genocidal targeting in both Sudan and South Sudan, the Enough project and partner organizations have launched a collaborative campaign to engage U.S. elected officials during the August recess in taking action toward supporting peace in both countries. Read More »