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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 October 6, 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 killing of a young pharmacist by Sudanese security forces during an antigovernment demonstration reveals the volatility of ongoing protests in Khartoum. New York Times correspondent Isma'il Kushkush's piece captures the last moments of Salah Sanhouri's life, as told by his friends and fellow protestors.

 While their victimised statuses are well documented, women’s roles in committing atrocities are often downplayed, or altogether invisible. In this powerful photo essay, Francesca Tosarelli documents some of the roles played by women during conflicts in eastern Congo . She writes,

"In modern African wars and violence conflicts women have shown themselves as capable as men of performing violent acts. Fighting women are frequently considered by their very existance to be transgressing accepted female behaviour, and the very act of fighting by definition makes women and girls less feminine and by extension “unnatural”. 

Protests against the Sudanese government continue as Sudanese citizens demand leadership in Khartoum that is conscious of the economic challenges facing its people and respect for the personal rights of all Sudanese. The revolts have led to the detention of many, including women and children by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS). This letter to the mothers of detainees describes the nature of arrests and detentions, and foreshadows a better future for all involved in the struggle for change.

In the world's newest nation, Akuja de Garang wants to change the perceptions of war, political unrest and violence in South Sudan. Using fashion and arts, she has created the Festival for Fashion and Arts for Peace, now in its second year, with the hopes of restoring a sense of national identity among South Sudan's citizens. 

An event held at Cooper Union’s Great Hall in New York City– the venue that brought Abraham Lincoln to national prominence in 1860– brought Elie Wiesel and Rwandan President Paul Kagame, together the two biggest names in global genocide remembrance, to discuss the doctrine of the responsibility to protect in the context of past and present genocides worldwide.