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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 November 18, 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.

Fresh from her Nobel Peace Prize win and with a new memoir out, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee made a memorable appearance on The Daily Show and talked with Jon Stewart about the significant role women played in ending the Liberian civil war. Extended versions of the interview are also available in two parts.

Among the proliferation of posts about the upcoming Congolese election, aid worker and blogger Amy Ernst’s account of a conversation among colleagues in Butembo stands out. Published on her blog The King Effect, Ernst rehashes a debate that begins with presidential candidate preferences and expands into a discussion about development, sexism, and tribe.

On its YouTube page, Tartar Studios, an animation studio founded by Sudanese artist Amin Bahari, states its mission is to “promote Sudan's culture and traditions … We are amateur animators and artists from various fields, brought together by the love we share for this country and our passion for animation.” Bahari’s newest animated short, “Baobab,” tells the story of the long correspondence between an elderly father in Sudan and his adult son who lives outside of the country.

As the Somalia conflict enters yet another tumultuous phase—this week alone Kenya pledged troops to the African Union mission, Israel committed further support to help Kenya fight al-Shabaab, and the A.U. said it is considering sending Ethiopian troops in—Foreign Policy magazine ran this slideshow of the Mogadishu of a whole different era.

As direct aggression against South Sudan by the Sudan Armed Forces continued, details about the proxy conflict between the two countries also emerged. The Small Arms Survey released this thorough report about the multiple armed insurgencies in South Sudan’s Greater Upper Nile region. Amid the timely information about the level of coordination between the groups and reflection on Juba’s responses to the militias, the report offered this important takeaway: “There is strong circumstantial evidence that the forces of Peter Gadet and George Athor have received logistical and materiel support, including small arms and ammunition, from Khartoum and other external sources.”