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.
Patrick Symmes, a contributor for Outside magazine, wrote a feature story that explores the dynamics of South Sudan’s progress since its independence in 2009, and the new country's potential as Africa’s youngest state. He writes:
“Like the great migrations and towering eucalyptus, South Sudan’s human cultures have endured because war immobilized the country decade after decade, paralyzing progress.”
USAID, Humanity United and OpenIDEO have partnered to pursue ways to prevent mass atrocities. Using OpenIDEO, the open innovation platform, they have set a public challenge to create a web-based, open platform for data collection that will allow access to hard-to-access areas in hopes of preventing mass violence against civilians worldwide.
Open Security published a piece on the impact of international humanitarian organizations in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. The authors, Koen Vlassenroot and Dr. Karen Büscher, discuss the patterns of conflict and competition created in the region and their impact on the local socioeconomic realities and urban political space in the province:
“These organisations became vital components of the survival strategies of urban inhabitants and have replaced the state in many areas of public life. In search of opportunities, Goméens increasingly see the creation of NGOs as a livelihood asset and as a means of gaining access to international funding.”
Last Friday, Reuters reported that 50,000 Sudanese have fled into southeastern Chad following renewed conflict in the Darfur region. This influx brings the total refugees fleeing to Chad to 74,000 in the past two months. This development presents great challenges to the regional infrastructure, insecurity and increasing humanitarian needs in the country.
Umda Tarbosh, a teacher in a school sponsored by the Darfur Dream Team in eastern Chad, posted this video to Pazocalo that shows the temporary housing that has been set up to accomodate the newly-arrived Sudanese refugees in Goz Amer.