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.
- Foreign Policy’s “Photo Essay: Portrait of a Failed State” is a stunning and tragic glimpse into Somalia today. The captions discuss the historic or present-day political context of each photo. Don’t miss the link in Photo 6 to Jeffrey Gettleman’s piece retracing the history that led to Somalia’s distinction as the “most failed state.”
- The Telegraph published a fascinating narration of the illicit diamond trade in Zimbabwe, written by a white Zimbabwean whose farmily farm became a club house and hideout for "everyone from goat-herders to government officials"-turned smugglers when a nearby diamond mine was seized by a state-owned company.
- Human Rights Watch makes a case for why the ICC’s call for Bashir’s arrest was a good move and offers some solid rebuttals to the main arguments made by critics of the arrest warrant. From its Brussels bureau, HRW argues that the European Union has a critical role to play in seeing that this opportunity to set legal precedents isn’t missed: "Playing It Firm, Fair and Smart: The EU and the ICC’s Indictment of Bashir"
- In the wake of increased violence and mass displacement, Sri Lanka is on the radar as one of the world’s most urgent humanitarian crises. This collection of resources from Human Rights Watch provides details on the impact of fighting on civilians quite literally caught in the crossfire.
- Richard Mitambwoko, a 17-year-old former child soldier in Congo, tells his own story about life under the brutal command of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Richard was abducted by the LRA last September but recently escaped and was reunited with his family.
The Enough Team contributed to this post.