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.
Reporting from war-torn eastern Congo, AP’s Michelle Faul wrote about the impact of the conflict on the youngest Congolese, who are particularly susceptible to malnutrition, disease, and the hardships of being frequently on the move to flee fighting. Faul spoke to several parents for the piece, and she highlights the story of a father who has lost nine of his 10 children to war and its effects.
Bishop Nicolas Djomo recently traveled from Congo to the United States to drum up support for the Congo Conflict Minerals Act. The magazine Catholic San Francisco interviewed Bishop Djomo, and posted this short article and podcast in which he describes the links between widespread human rights abuses in eastern Congo and the black market trade in minerals.
NPR’s Gwen Thompkins filed this colorful feature piece capturing sounds from southern Sudan. As the region prepares for the landmark vote on secession next January, Thompkins looks at the development challenges and discrepancies in the South. David Gressly of UNMIS pointed out, “Frankly, Southern Sudan will face the same challenges, regardless of unity or separation. In many ways in 2005, people lived as they had 100, 200 years ago. Southern Sudan has been moving ahead maybe 25 years at a pop per year.”
Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist, human rights activist, and Obama advisor Samantha Power was the featured speaker at Harvard Law School’s Class Day ceremony, and you can listen to her deliver her poignant remarks in this podcast. “Don’t check your heart at the door” sums up the theme of her advice for new graduates – certainly a motto we can all strive to live by.
From “The Genocide Rescue Brigade That Never Was Resolution” to “The ‘We Command You to Stop Killing Your People … Please’ Resolution,” Foreign Policy’s Colum Lynch brings us The 10 Worst Security Council Resolutions Ever. It’s a depressing look at U.N. futility, but Lynch spices it up with some funny/clever titles.