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Five Stories You May Have Missed This Week

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Five Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Posted by Lexi Britton on May 24, 2013

Five Stories You May 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.

A Day in the DRC” examines daily life in Goma,eastern Congo. The Atlantic’s Armin Rosen, explores Goma, a city often characterized by conflict, through a different lens and visits the world’s largest lava lake, the bustling market, and the local basketball court.  Rosen reflects on the juxtaposition of war and Goma’s otherwise idyllic surroundings:  “So much of life in Goma rides on these syntheses of necessity and ingenuity and constant mortal danger. For all of its churn and anarchy, Goma is still aware enough of itself to commemorate them.”

In an interview with Professor Tandeka Nkiwane,  Former South African President Thabo Mbkei  discusses the challenges faced by the A.U. High Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and reacts to receiving the Daily Trust African of the Year Award.

 “The continent [Africa] has the youngest population in the world and some 60% of Africa's unemployed are reported to be between the ages of 15 and 24.” As a result, an increasing number of Africans, Kenyans especially, are moving to Dubai to seek job opportunities unavailable to them at home.  Ugandan writer Joel Kibazo discusses the social and political implications of Africa’s large scale youth unemployment.

In Darfur, a surge in fighting since the beginning of 2013 has led to the displacement of nearly 300,000 people.  In “New Strife in Darfur Leaves many Seeking Refuge,” U.N. Official Valerie Amos talks to new arrivals in the Zam Zam camp about the declining humanitarian situation. “’We are like birds in a cage,’ one female resident of Zam Zam told Ms. Amos. ‘We can’t leave after sunset; there are rapes; there are challenges to women’s health,’ especially during childbirth.”

This week, Jim Yong Kim and Ban Ki-moon discussed the need for peace dividend to follow the “Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the [Great Lakes] Region.” The United Nations and World Bank pledged to work together to ensure that the political and security aspects of implementation align with economic development.