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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 June 1, 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.

As representatives of Sudan and South Sudan reconvened in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, commentator Eric Reeves quickly poked holes in the tentative but optimistic view expressed by the negotiators and others that the talks will produce a meaningful resolution for the two Sudans. In a detailed blog post, Reeves takes stock of the circumstances under which the two countries are negotiating and makes some predictions about moves each side will take.

The 2012 Human Rights Watch film festival is making the rounds in Chicago and London and opens in two weeks in New York City. The Spanish film “Colour of the Ocean” follows two African refugees who make their way to the Canary Islands by boat and the challenges they encounter as they try to navigate to safety. HRW Senior Researcher Judith Sunderland discusses the film and the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe in a podcast posted on the film festival website.

The activist group Girifna published a blog post publicizing the recent abuses suffered by women from the Nuba Mountains who were involved with humanitarian effort there and have recently been targeted by Sudan’s notorious intelligence and security agencies.

With the goal to "broaden the conversation taking place about the DR Congo," Goma-based HEAL Africa, best known for its medical programs, recently released “I SPEAK OF CONGO,” a series of written and photographic profiles of Congolese talking about their daily life. New profiles will be added to the collection, which so far features Kibalu Akilimali, a cobbler and farmer, Sinza Wolf, a youth activist, Adela Bihambo, a policewoman, and Dominique Bofandola, a local official.

Refugees International recently examined the process by which the Republic of South Sudan is establishing nationality and granting documentation to citizens. Researcher Sarnata Reynolds uncovered some troubling inconsistencies and practices, and RI issued a set of recommendations to avoid leaving South Sudanese vulnerable to violence, exclusion, and poverty, and to promote national allegiance. “To ensure the successful transition of RoSS to a functioning nation, an identity must emerge that trumps all these competing [ethnic, community, tribal] interests,” Reynolds writes.