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 government of Uganda has long been rife with corruption. No high ranking government official has ever been imprisoned and this sign of lack of political will has weakened most, if not all of Uganda’s anti-corruption agencies making them obsolete. All of these government scandals have a direct effect on human rights, such as money being diverted from health care programs by high-up officials. $45 million was diverted from agencies that work to fight TB, AIDS and malaria, and another $12.7 million was stolen from the office of the Prime Minister.
Former U.N. representative in Sudan, Mukesh Kapila, stated that the international community had the opportunity and power to prevent the mass atrocities in Darfur, but failed. Kapila said that this failure of inaction was surprising because the failure to prevent the genocide in Rwanda is possibly what has tainted the U.N. the most. He cites specifically that UNAMID peacekeepers failed in their duty to protect the civilian population in Darfur.
Most mines in Eastern Congo are small scale artisanal mines worked on by miners with pick and shovel in hand. The possibility for introducing industrial mines to the region could benefit the community greatly and possibly aid in the peace process. If the mines are opened up to serious investors, neighboring countries would likely see a positive impact for the entire region, resulting in job creation and economic growth.
The Sudanese revolutions of 1964 and 1985 have some similarities to these new outcries for change, but what we have seen today in Sudan is also changing the game; young Sudanese protestors are making their own rules and forging their own path. Sudanese students today have two generations of wisdom from protestors to seek guidance from: their grandparents who revolted against General brahim Abboud, and their parents sunk the military regime of President Muhammad Numeiri. These links to the past; learning from lessons of their parents and grandparents is what can make this genereation's revolution have the power to change their nation, and future.
Last week, anticipated negotiations between M23 rebels and the Congolese army dissolved, and fighting ensued once again. However, this time peacekeeping troops did not get involved. This is a signal that the army of today isn’t the same army of decades ago; and this gives civilians more hope for further success in the peace process.
Kateri Kramer contributed to this post.