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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 Mohammed Adawulai on September 20, 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.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had announced its 2013 Nansen Refugee award recipient. This year’s award went to Sister Angelique Namaika, a Roman Catholic nun from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Sister Angelique has been working with displaced women in Dungu, a town in north-eastern DRC who had been sexually, physically, and emotionally abused by rebel groups including the Lord’s Resistance Army. She says, I’ll never give up. I will do my best to give them back hope.” 

In Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, also known as IBK, was formally inaugurated in the nation’s capital of Bamako following his victory in the August 11 election. IBK’s election was the first democratic election in Mali since 2007, and it marks a new beginning from the political and social unrest that has engulfed the nation since the fall of Amadou Toumani Toure in 2012. 

Mobile communications can help bridge a huge knowledge gap and reimagine healthcare across Africa. MIT Technology Review highlights this recent phenonmenon, and digs into how cellphones are transforming healthcare on the continent . Author Seth Berkley writes: 

"For the first time we are seeing good quality data that can tell us who is dying and from what, who is sick, and where clusters of disease are occurring. By removing the guesswork, this information has huge potential to inform global and national health strategies."

 Amnesty International is demanding that Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, the son of former Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, and former intelligence chief Abdallah al-Senussi, be handed to the ICC despite Libyan authority’s insistence on trying them in Libya. Both men are facing charges for crimes against humanity by the court. 

With Syria dominating headlines and understandably so, it is very important to go beyond the rhetoric and to understand the ugly reality of chemical weapons and why the world will be a better place without them. The Washington Post provides an infographic guide to the chemical weapons in Syria, highlighting what chemical weapons do to people and how they are delivered. The Washington Post's Max Fisher, writes:

"It also explains how chemical weapons are destroyed – a crucially important subject now that the U.S. and Russia have agreed in principle to a deal to remove Syria's chemical weapons outright, which would be no easy task in the middle of a civil war."