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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 Laura Heaton on April 1, 2011

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.

Pioneering southern Sudanese journalist Apollonia Mathia died last month in a motorbike accident. Tom Rhodes of the Committee to Protect Journalists reflects on Apollonia’s career as a standout writer on the reporting team at The Juba Post right after the North-South peace agreement was signed in 2005. Rhodes writes:

She brought sensitive topics such as domestic violence and the crucial role of female leadership within the paper's pages. After eventually leaving The Juba Post and then working for the BBC Monitoring Service, Apollonia started the Association of Media Women in South Sudan, an organization that pushed for visibility of women and women's issues within the press.

Longtime activist, journalist, and author Samantha Power went from being an independent voice of influence working to compel U.S. leaders to play a more proactive role in preventing mass atrocities, to a top Obama advisor. Sheryl Gay Stolberg of The New York Times examines Power’s influence in President Obama’s decisive response to Libya.

Mark Leon Goldberg of U.N. Dispatch warns, “genocide is not out of the realm of possibility” in Côte d’Ivoire, sharing a letter addressed to U.S. health researchers from colleagues in Abidjan who describe the “pre-genocidal” activities of militias and troops loyal to ex-President Laurent Gbagbo.

But as reports emerged at the end of this week that Gbagbo’s forces were losing ground and that even the presidential palace was coming under attack, the BBC published a profile of Côte d’Ivoire’s president-elect, Alassane Ouattara. (Hat tip: Chris Blattman)

The Lens blog features a collection of photos from Libya by award-winning photographer Lynsey Addario, accompanied by a personal reflection on her captivity, about being a woman in a profession dominated by men, and about the sacrifices she has made to pursue this career. She writes:

I will cover another war. I’m sure I will. It’s what I do. It’s important to show people what’s happening. We have a unique access to what unfolds on the ground that helps our policymakers decide how to treat certain issues.