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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 October 23, 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.

Though they are no longer terrorized by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army, the people of northern Uganda who were forced into camps during the height of the LRA attacks there now face a far from easy transition back to their communities. According to a recent report in the Guardian, many of the returnees don’t have access to basic necessities like clean water and medical care.

The NYT’s Lens Blog featured a stunning slideshow and description of the photo exhibit Congo/Women, on display now at the U.N. headquarters in New York. The blog post includes descriptions from some of the photographers of the stories behind their images. If you’ve never seen the exhibit, it is one to seek out, but this blog post offers some moving insights.

During her biweekly podcast series on genocide prevention, Bridget Conley-Zilkic of the Holocaust Memorial Museum spoke to Cambodian filmmaker Socheata Poeuv this week. Poeuv talks about her documentary “New Year Baby” about her personal journey back to Cambodia to discover the story of her family’s struggles under the Khmer Rouge.

Just two years after launching an annual award to recognize achievement in African leadership, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has come across a problem: No one to give the prize to. The two candidates who met the baseline criteria – serving their term and then leaving office – weren’t viewed as doing enough to merit receiving the prize, PRI’s The World reports. CSIS’ Jennifer Cooke indicates that it does something for the prestige of the award to not just settle on a winner but to “make it something coveted and difficult to get at.” That’s a good point, but it’s a depressing state of affairs nonetheless.

Bec Hamilton wrote this week about Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s new online campaign. Just take a look, and when you open the wanted-for-war-crimes president’s website, be sure to have your volume turned up so that you don’t miss the Tinkerbell chimes.