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5 Stories You May Have Missed This Week

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5 Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Posted by Lexi Britton on May 3, 2013

5 Stories You May 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.


In “The Child Soldier Who traded His Machete For a Pair of Scissors,” Claude Mugisha, a former child soldier, explains how he exchanged his AK-47 to become a barber.  Mugisha fought in a local Congolese militia and lived in the bush for 10 years until he attended a U.N.-run rehabilitation and repatriation program.  Claude reflects on his experience and says, "People think former child soldiers are somehow damaged and deranged and often avoid us. It's really great to talk and engage with people. I did bad things, yes. But I'm not a bad person."

The FP Power Map seeks to identify the 500 most powerful individuals on the planet.  This comprehensive list ranges from Omar al-Bashir to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

Jonathan Kyobe asks the question “Does Social Media have a role in African Politics?” He explores the growing use of social media to influence African elections and act as a platform for change.  Using Uganda and Kenya as case studies, the article demonstrates that social media can play a central role in politics and organizing protests.  Only time will tell if social media can circumvent limitations to freedom of expression still prevalent throughout Africa.

The small landlocked country of Lesotho is now home to thousands of Chinese immigrants. Many have traveled to Lesotho to pursue careers in trading and shop keeping, which has created an anti- Chinese sentiment across the country. 

Earlier this week African civil society groups and farmers sent a joint letter to Prime Minister David Cameron.  The letter called upon the G8 to use their agriculture investments to support smallholder farmers and the priorities of African governments. Sam Dryden, Director of Agricultural Development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, emphasizes the importance of listening to the voices on the ground to ensure sustainability and success in African development work.