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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 31, 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.

Photographer and writer Nichole Sobecki reports for the New York Times’ Lens blog about the impact of the fighting in Sudan’s Blue Nile state on the youngest victims. While visiting the Batil refugee camp in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, she witnessed the passing of 9-month-old Hassan Mahmour, who succumbed to severe malnutrition. Sobecki documented the tragedy and grieving family in beautiful and sensitive images and words.

The story of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, son of the longtime dictator of Equatorial Guinea, should serve as a warning to other powerful leaders who think they are somehow entitled to “ill-gotten gains.” French authorities investigating whether funds from state coffers in Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of Congo were used to purchase properties in France seized Obiang’s $180 million Parisian property (including his wine collection, valued at $2 million) as part of a criminal case.

Just ahead of the Republican National Convention this week, Foreign Policy published the “10 Foreign-Policy Flashpoints in the GOP Platform,” among them, diverging views on foreign assistance and the promotion of democracy overseas.

With the release of his new novel, Hostage, Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel spoke to Rob Verger of The Daily Beast about his fear of being the last living Holocaust survivor and about what the world has learned about preventing and responding to mass atrocities in the decades since World War II.

In a photo collection also for The Daily Beast, photographer Shannon Jensen captures the plight of refugees fleeing Sudan’s embattled Blue Nile state in an imaginative and compelling way: by photographing the shoes they wore.