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April Monthly Update — Northern Uganda

April Monthly Update -- Northern Uganda
Despite the Lord's Resistance Army’s (LRA) decision in January to withdraw from negotiations in the southern Sudanese city of Juba, diplomatic efforts led by UN Special Envoy Joaquim Chissano persuaded the LRA to return to the table on April 13. Rukhana Rugunda, the Ugandan Government's Internal Affairs Minister and chief mediator, held an unprecedented face to face meeting with the LRA's messianic leader Joseph Kony and his deputy Vincent Otti on March 10, resulting in the agreement to re-start peacemaking efforts. As a result, hope for a peace deal has cautiously rekindled. When the Ugandan government and LRA reconvene in ...

March Monthly Update — Sudan

March Monthly Update -- Sudan
One of the world's hottest wars is intensifying and the people of Darfur are paying the price. A peace agreement between the government of Sudan and one of the Darfur rebel groups was signed in May 2006, but the benefits of this so-called peace have yet to reach the 2.5 million people stuck in displaced camps in Darfur and refugee camps in eastern Chad. Since the signing of the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA), nearly 200,000 more people have been displaced and an additional two million people need humanitarian assistance because of the havoc that the war has wrought on their ...

March Monthly Update — Eastern Congo

March Monthly Update -- Eastern Congo
In the aftermath of largely successful elections in the Congo, a core level of violence and insecurity in the east of the country has left the region as one of the deadliest in the world. A recent study by the International Rescue Committee reveals that on average more than 1,000 people die every day due to the conflict. They are caught in a deadly vise between predatory militias, Rwandan and Ugandan rebel groups, and the ill-disciplined and abusive Congolese army. Sporadic violence continues to kill dozens, displace tens of thousands, prevent already displaced families from going back home, and leads ...

March Monthly Update — Northern Uganda

March Monthly Update -- Northern Uganda
Prospects for peace in Uganda have reached a make-or-break point. After 20 years of civil war across northern Uganda between government forces and the messianic Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) – an infamous conflict marked by widespread massacres, rape and slavery in which 1.7 million members of the ethnic Acholi population were driven from their homes – peace talks are now underway in Juba, southern Sudan. The talks provide northern Ugandans with a chance for lasting peace, but the process is on the verge of collapsing and must be rescued. Currently, the U.S., which probably boasts the most diplomatic leverage over ...

The Answer to Darfur

The Answer to Darfur
Though it has garnered the concern and condemnation of governments worldwide and triggered unprecedented grassroots activism in the United States, the crisis in Darfur continues to intensify. In response to what both the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government have repeatedly called genocide, the gulf between rhetoric and action on the part of the Bush administration is profound ...