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5 Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

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5 Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Posted by Laura Heaton on September 18, 2009

5 Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

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.

Via our friends at U.N. Dispatch, we’ve learned that actress Angelina Jolie recently visited Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, in Kenya.  It’s always heartening to see celebrities put their massive following to good use, in this case to raise the profile of what’s been characterized by many in the know as the most desperate conditions for refugees in the world. Here’s the video: 

U.S. Special Forces successfully targeted a wanted al-Qaeda operative Saleh Ali Nabhan, who is suspected of orchestrating an attack on a Mombasa hotel in 2002, in what the Economist called the “most brazen and daring foray into Somalia since the early 1990s.” The magazine’s description of what happened, what the precedent is for this kind of strike, and what may happen next is interesting.

National Geographic published a spectacular photo essay from Somalia, which captures moments from daily life in Somalia and Somaliland, the breakaway region to the north. Taken together, the photographs feature stark contrasts, vibrant colors, and raw human emotion. Don’t miss it.

The Guardian published a feature story this week about the wrathful campaign by the Lord’s Resistance Army in previously peaceful swaths of remote eastern Congo. The story draws together the perspectives of victims bewildered and traumatized by the violence and of local leaders and humanitarians who are working to provide relief.

The National Journal magazine presented an interesting cover story about the role of new media in influencing the calculations of repressive regimes.  The piece takes a look at the grassroots use of new media tools by people living under repressive governments to challenge authoritarian leaders. Author Paul Starobin also highlights some of the strategies that advocacy groups have devised to make their content stand out from the influx of imagery that circulates online – and feed directly to people in a position to make a real difference.