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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 November 20, 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.

Here’s a colorful piece by NYTimes’ Jeffrey Gettleman about being a spectator at a World Cup qualifying soccer match in Khartoum, played by rivals Egypt and Algeria.“Twitchy-faced soldiers hit the pavement, literally thousands of them, wearing all stripes of camouflage, blues, greens, grays and browns. (…) This did not feel like a major sporting event. It felt more like a presidential coup.”

Lawyer and author Bec Hamilton was the guest on the latest podcast in the series Voices on Genocide Prevention, hosted by the Holocaust Museum’s Bridget Conley-Zilkic. Having recently spent time conducting interviews in Darfur, Hamilton spoke about an urgent issue that’s garnering little attention: the prevalence of rape in IDP camps and the lack of assistance available to the survivors.

The staff at Doctors Without Borders in eastern Congo are producing very powerful coverage of the conflict in the region, offering a rare view into remote communities in Congo. This post by a doctor named Pav describes treating a recent patient, a 10-year-old girl. It’s a devastating story, but it’s so important to know about the people impacted by the conflict in Congo, beyond just the astounding statistics. Please read this one.

A much-tweeted post from Amnesty International’s blog alerted readers to updated satellite images of villages in Darfur. When Amnesty’s Eyes On Darfur website launched in 2007, it deemed 12 villages “highly at risk.” The updated images reveal that “between January 2008 and March 2009, four of these villages were subject to attacks by Janjawid militias and Sudanese government forces, which destroyed many of the structures in those villages.” The interactive site enables you to compare before and after photos.

Congo analyst Jason Stearns offers some insights on the arrest in Germany of FDLR president Ignace Murwanashyaka, who orchestrated horrific atrocities in eastern Congo from afar. Despite the allegations against him, Murwanashyaka, has evaded prosecution largely because Germany authorities didn’t know what to charge him with, Stearns explains. Ultimately, they got him for being involved with a terrorist organization.