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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 21, 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.

Late this week the rising violence in Sudan and South Sudan got the prominent attention in Washington deserved at such a fragile moment. Following U.S. envoy Princeton Lyman’s visit to both Sudanese capitals and The Washington Post’s front-page coverage of the military standoff, President Obama made his own video statement addressing the leaders of rival countries. “It doesn’t have to be this way; conflict is not inevitable,” the president said. “You still have a choice. You still have a chance to avoid being dragged back into war, which only leads to one place: more suffering, more refugees, more death, more lost dreams for you and your children.”

Even before assuming the role of chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, deputy prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is garnering world renown for her influential work. Time included Bensouda on its list of The 100 Most Influential People in the World. Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch nominated Bensouda for the honor, writing, “Thoughtful, soft-spoken, yet determined and forceful, Bensouda has been a leading voice pressing governments to support the quest for justice, particularly in Africa.”

Newsweek reporter Scott Johnson and photographer Trevor Snapp provide a compelling and fascinating inside look at The Hunt for Kony, by tagging along with a group of Ugandan soldiers on foot patrols in the dense jungle of the Central African Republic.

What’s the story behind President Kabila’s announcement during his recent trip to the Kivus that military operations in the East would be suspended? Congo Siasa blogger Jason Stearns offers some insights on what the restructuring of the Congolese army means.

Reporting from Maflul, Sudan—territory held by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North—McClatchy correspondent Alan Boswell describes in a lengthy dispatch the recent victories of the rebel group and the implications for the long rebellion against Khartoum if the trend continues, affording the rebels strategic cities connected to resupply routes into South Sudan.