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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 August 24, 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.

To stay slightly under-the-radar, while also providing a commentary about the origin of the tool used for his craft, photographer Michael Christopher Brown used an iPhone to photograph the mining industry in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Explaining the technique on Time’s LightBox blog, Brown writes:

Taking photographs with a phone also raises my awareness as a photographer. Instead of concentrating on camera settings and a large piece of equipment, I am better able to focus on the situation before me. It becomes more about how I feel and what I see.

People from across East Africa are heading to the new country of South Sudan in search of opportunity as laborers, motorbike drivers, and vendors. But the flourishing demand for prostitution is also luring many women to the capital of Juba, and has created a prime market for traffickers to operate unhindered by the new government, reports Joyce Joan Wangui for the Kenyan newspaper The Star.

Many of those detained by the Sudanese government during anti-government protests since June have recently been released, but the case of Jalila Khamis Kuku stands out for its duration and lack of transparency. The activist group Girifna raised alarm about Jalila’s plight, which began in March, when she was detained without charge in connection with her advocacy on the humanitarian crisis in the Nuba Mountains.

As news broke that the Somali Olympian Samia Yusuf Omar, who competed memorably in Beijing in 2008, reportedly drowned while trying to reach Europe via Libya, this Al Jazeera profile of the young runner received new attention. Having always trained in Mogadishu, Samia had sought exile and a coach in Addis Ababa, but it was unclear whether the world-renowned Ethiopian team would take her in. “Similar to her beloved country, she is working with what she has: pursuing short-term fixes in hopes that long-term solutions will evolve,” wrote Teresa Krug.

In 1957 at the age of 31, Martin Luther King Jr. visited Ghana and Nigeria to meet with leaders of newly independent or soon-to-be independent countries. An audio recording of an interview with King was reportedly discovered in an attic in Tennessee this week, and PRI’s The World focused a segment on the clip and King’s view of the links between the anti-colonialism movement in Africa and the U.S. civil rights movement.