November 2011

Impunity and Elections in Congo: Indicted Rapist Runs for Office

Walikale town - Enough - Laura Heaton

Ntabo Ntaberi Cheka is one of 65 candidates running for the Congolese National Assembly in the Walikale electoral district in the North Kivu province of eastern Congo. This should be unremarkable in an election that features 18,000 candidates running for the 500 seats in the National Assembly. But Ntabo Ntaberi Cheka’s story is far from unremarkable. Cheka is Mai Mai militia leader currently under Congolese indictment for mass rape.  Read More »

‘All Because We Are Black’: Asma, Refugee from Sudan, Describes Blue Nile Conflict

Asma with her children in Ethiopia refugee camp - Enough - Amanda Hsiao

“We left our homes with not even a cup like this one,” said Asma, gesturing toward a red plastic cup lying on the dirt ground next to her foot. Sitting on the trunk of a felled tree crowded on all sides by young children in this refugee camp on the border of Sudan, Asma recounted when fighting broke out in her village in Blue Nile state. Her story is part of a series produced from an Enough trip to the Sherkole refugee camp in Ethiopia.  Read More »

The Lord’s Resistance Army: Who Are They?

This week's post in the series Enough 101 looks at the history of the Lord's Resistance Army.  Read More »

Photo Installation in D.C. to Raise Profile of Somalia Crisis

Family transporting aid on a donkey cart in southern Somalia - AP

With large swaths of Somalia inaccessible due to the policies of the militant al-Shabaab group, and hundreds of thousands still suffering in areas controlled by the Somali government, the need for attention to the crisis remains urgent. A multi-media exhibition at George Washington University this week aims to raise the profile of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in East Africa.  Read More »

Rwanda Returns Congo Minerals But Distrust Remains

Tantalum miners - Enough - Sasha Lezhnev

In a ceremony at the Rwandan border town of Gisenyi last week officials handed over 90 metric tons of smuggled minerals to the Congolese authorities. The minerals—mostly tin and coltan—were seized by the Rwandan police and were identified as having illegally originated from Congo’s conflict ravaged east.

Meanwhile, just across the border in the Congolese city of Goma callers to a local radio show debated the significance of the mineral exchange.  Read More »

Introducing Enough 101 – A New Blog Series

Enough 101

Enough 101 is a new series intended to provide a contextual background for understanding the complex issues that the Enough Project works on and that large communities of advocates care about. Every Tuesday we’ll post a new 101 blog on Enough Said, covering topics ranging from the histories of the conflicts to the legal terminology relevant to the atrocities and crimes committed.  Read More »

5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Enough Project

A weekly round-up of must-read stories, posted every Friday.  Read More »

How Nonprofits Can ‘Get It’ to Work More Effectively with Celebs

The Enough Project is both lauded and criticized for its work with celebrities. Naysayers claim that celebrity engagement oversimplifies the issues, while supporters point out the benefits that come from high-profile activists promoting awareness of important issues and gaining the ears of high level policy-makers.  Read More »

Conflict in Blue Nile: Rebel Stronghold Falls to Sudan Army

SAF soldiers in Damazin - AP

Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, have taken control of the stronghold of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North, or SPLA-N, in Kurmuk town, near the Ethiopian border. The Sudanese government has long announced a military offensive to take over the SPLA-N’s main base in Blue Nile state.

Tracking the build-up of heavy weaponry near Kurmuk, the Satellite Sentinel Project has also warned about an imminent attack on the town, stressing that this attack may “result in the use of indiscriminate and disproportionate force” against civilian population, by SAF and affiliated militia groups.  Read More »

‘Technology in Service of Humanity’: Facebook and the Satellite Sentinel Project

SSP on Facebook

“Anyone wanting to join forces and keep updated with what is happening in Sudan with a focus on Southern Sudan -- this is a great project aiming at saving lives,” Kenya’s Kim Rune recently wrote on the Satellite Sentinel Project’s (SSP) Facebook page.

SSP's website averages about 50,000 unique visitors per month from 80 countries. In addition, the project's Facebook page has drawn fans from 19 countries who speak 17 languages.  Read More »