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.
Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda offered her perspective on which should take priority in the face of ongoing conflict – the pursuit of peace or the pursuit of justice?
“As the I.C.C. is an independent and judicial institution, it cannot take into consideration the interests of peace, which is the mandate of other institutions, such as the United Nations Security Council.”
“The debate about peace versus justice or peace over justice is a patently false choice. Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin. The road to peace should be seen as running via justice, and thus peace and justice can be pursued simultaneously.”
Emelda Mwamanga started Tanzania’s first lifestyle publication, “Bang!” magazine, nine years ago and has since spread distribution through Uganda, Kenya and Zambia. "We didn't actually have a magazine that showcased the talents, the good things and gave hope to people,” says Mwamanga of her inspiration. The publication’s name stands for "Believe And Never Give up,” and covers topics from “fashion and health to finance and business.” Mwamanga also founded the Dare to Dream Foundation, which trains women to be entrepreneurs.
Time's Lightbox featured a series of portraits of South Sudanese Mundari cattle keepers as a part of a feature for International Mine Action Day. The piece notes Mundari tribe members are especially vulnerable to the threat of land mines and other unexploded ordnance since they move around the country frequently to feed and water their cattle. The United Nations Mine Action Service, or UNMAS, works with Sudan Integrated Mine Actions Service, or SIMAS, to provide a mine risk education program to the people of these tribes, helping them identify and report anything suspicious they may find.
In a blog, “Darfur: Money Won't Buy Human Rights,” On April 7-8, donor nations met in Doha, Quatar, to discuss the future development of Darfur. The region needs funds not only to recover from years of devastating conflict, but to address the root social and economic issues that contributed to the conflict originally. However, Darfuris are concerned because the conflict is ongoing, much of the region is inaccessible to aid workers, the Sudanese government’s policies are consistently repressive, and Darfuris have yet to see justice for victims of the conflict.
“Darfur and Sudan: visionary approach needed – and Qatar can help,”on the Guardian Poverty Matters blog, re-frames the Doha donors conference and identifies the problems with the current approach. Dr. al-Nauimi's argues "Qatar should champion a comprehensive and joined-up approach to Sudan's conflicts. As a first step, the conference could urge the resolution of the Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile crisis, beginning with a cessation of hostilities to enable immediate and unimpeded humanitarian assistance. While this conflict continues, Qatar's efforts in Darfur remain at risk."