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5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

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5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Posted by Mollie Zapata on April 5, 2013

5 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.

Pedro Martos, a street photographer in Darfur, published a slideshow of Darfuri fashion that was featured on The Guardian UK.  His photos are of Darfuri women, mostly those living in IDP camps or working with humanitarian agencies. Says Martos of his “Darfur Sartortialist” project:

“I started the project when I realized that the Sudanese did not fit at all with my preconceived image of them. Women, in particular, were way more complex than the cliché of the oppressed, conservatively dressed, constantly fearing Muslim woman.”

On March 24, Séléka rebels took the capital (Bangui) of Central African Republic, outsing ten-year dictator President Bozizé. Rbel leader Michel Djotodia, declared himself president until 2016 just days after Bozize fled. This map documents the rebel advance to the capital since January of this year.

Director of the Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project Richard H. Steinberg writes an interesting breakdown of how Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, one of the most wanted war criminals in the world, has remained free all this time. The Huffington Post blog post explains the reasons to why Ntaganda may have surrendered to the U.S. Embassy on March 22, and urges the U.S. government to work with the International Criminal Court to bring justice for the Ntaganda victims.

The women of Jonglei state, South Sudan, are taking the peace process of their fractured community into their own hands. In a five-day women’s peace conference, women from 11 counties agreed upon and sent a communique to the government of Jonglei. The communique makes recommendations related to education, security, infrastructure, and rights, and most notably states:

“They would leave their homes and refrain from childbearing if men in their communities continued to seek violent solutions to ongoing conflicts in the troubled region rather than peaceful dialogue,” and demands, “that women be given greater involvement in peace talks and political decision making processes.”

Philip Gourevitch authored a postscript in The New Yorker honoring African author Chinua Achebe, who passed away in Boston on March 22 at the age of 82. Achebe, who is originally from Nigeria, is best known for authoring “Things Fall Apart,” one of the most renowned works of African literature to this day.