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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 February 10, 2012

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.

Sunlight streaks through the vines casting dots of light on the Ugandan soldiers deep in the jungle on the border between South Sudan and Congo—the hideout of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Photographer Benedicte Kurzen beautifully captures the drama of the “Manhunt for the LRA.”

Simon Allison’s analysis piece in the South African Daily Maverick reads like an increasingly frantic letter to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, detailing the numerous challenges to his rule. “[T]his isn't just about the oil. This is about everything: the rebels, the south, the famine, the bread protests, the economy, the army, the people,” Allison writes. “You hope that by bringing the spectre of war closer, you can solve all those problems in one: keep the army busy, create a war economy, emphaise the already existing siege mentality and ultimately keep yourself in power."

Reporting from Rafai, Central African Republic for The Independent, Emily Dugan describes the impact of the Lord’s Resistance Army on the children in the remote village and the prospects that the recently deployed U.S. military advisors could make 2012 a breakthrough year in the 25-year effort to stop Joseph Kony.

In a two part series, Congo specialist and author Jason Stearns offers an overview of the research and significance of the U.N. Group of Experts’ December report on Congo—straight from the team itself in Q+A form on the Congo Siasa blog.

The saga continues over UNAMID chief Ibrahim Gambari’s hobnobbing with President Bashir at the wedding of the most notorious Janjaweed leader’s daughter. Foreign Policy’s Turtle Bay blogger Colum Lynch has the latest, including the details of a zinger of a response from Human Rights Watch over the ongoing controversy.