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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 8, 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.

Al Jazeera’s "Inside Story" featured an extended segment examining President Salva Kiir’s call for South Sudan officials to return the $4 billion in embezzled funds from the cash-strapped new country. Host Ghida Fakhry spoke with South Sudan Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin, Jonathan Temin of the U.S. Institute of Peace, and Paul Moorcraft of the UK's Centre for Foreign Policy Analysis about who is responsible for the extent of this corruption and what it means for the country’s credibility.

The International Criminal Court is mandated to engage with survivors and civilians in the conflict zones under investigation, to better ensure that the people affected by the violence understand the ICC’s process and, ultimately, feel a sense of justice from a court located so far away. Access to Darfur itself is necessarily limited by Khartoum’s vehement opposition to the court, but a team from the Institute for War and Peace Reporting found that the court has also closed its offices in Chad and has maintained infrequent contact with the Darfuri refugees in camps in eastern Chad.

Darfur United, the men’s soccer team representing the Darfuri refugees in eastern Chad, is competing in its first international tournament this week—the Viva World Cup in Iraqi Kurdistan. Voice of America’s Nico Colombant wrote about the team’s journey.

“The DRC has the largest forest area in Africa, with over 40 million people who depend on it for their livelihoods. However the exploitation of these resources does not contribute to the development of these communities,” writes Greenpeace International in a press release announcing a new report and petition—signed by more than 20,000 Congolese—on illegal logging in Congo.

Mukesh Kapila recently returned to Sudan for the first time since he served as the U.N. Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator there in 2003-2004. Now the special representative for the Aegis Trust, Kabila visited the Nuba Mountains with the SPLA-North and met with refugees in Yida camp—a trip documented in this video. "The Darfur genocidal violence happened in 2003-2004 because we chose to close our eyes even though evidence was mounting that terrible things were going on there, because it was an inconvenient crisis at that time. So it is now in the Nuba region," Kapila narrates.