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.
While attention on Sudan is rightly focused on the crisis unfolding in Southern Kordofan, journalist and author Bec Hamilton highlights the threats the wider northern state will face after the independence of South Sudan in July. She writes:
“In the focus on all the coming problems of Southern Sudan, the full implications of partition creating not one new nation, but two, have gone largely unexamined — with potential repercussions that could derail peace for north and south alike.”
Sudan researcher Julie Flint draws from her long-standing knowledge of the Nuba Mountains to write this op-ed in Lebanon’s Daily Star about the unique and largely misunderstood Nuba people and their role in the civil war, which illustrates why stability in this volatile area is essential to peace in the two Sudans. (Her prescient report, “The Nuba Mountains: Central to Sudan’s Stability,” was published in January.)
Reporting from Cambodia for PRI’s The World, Irwin Loy explores how the mass atrocities committed by soldiers of the Khmer Rouge, now fathers and grandfathers, are viewed by their children. It’s an interesting look at how communities process – or in some cases choose not to confront – their histories of internecine violence.
While New York Times columnist Nick Kristof is in West Africa, his blog continues to share particularly harrowing accounts from the Nuba Mountains. Bec Hamilton sets the scene for this anonymous account written by a Western analyst who was in the area when the aerial bombings began.
With news today of the conviction of Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, the first woman found guilty of genocide crimes by an international tribunal, a 2002 profile of the former Rwandan minister for family and women’s affairs published in The New York Times magazine is worth a read. (HT: BBC)