March 2012

Two Sudans on the Brink of War?

Once again, relations between Sudan and South Sudan are teetering on the brink of war. Over the past week, fighting along the border between the two nations, and aerial bombardment by the Sudanese Armed Forces, or SAF, deep into the territory of South Sudan have nearly destroyed rising hopes that the two countries would strike a deal in the near future on outstanding disputes. However, some hope still lives on in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, where officials cling to the possibility that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will proceed with his visit to Juba on April 3 for a tête-à-tête with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir.  Read More »

5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

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

Chris Meloni vs. Joseph Kony: Funny or Die, Enough Project Take on the LRA

How did the Enough Project team up with actor Chris Meloni to produce this new video with Funny or Die about LRA leader Joseph Kony? This op-ed, originally featured on the Huffington Post, describes how Meloni got invested in the cause and about what the Obama administration must do to ensure that the military advisors deployed to central Africa are successful in their mission to help bring an end to the LRA.  Read More »

Enough 101: The Lord’s Resistance Army in the Congo

As part of the series Enough 101, this post is intended to provide a contextual background for understanding the complex issues that the Enough Project works on. We're publishing it today to coincide with the release of “Kony Hunter with Christopher Meloni,” a new video co-produced by the comedy team at Funny or Die and the Enough Project, to provide background on the LRA’s deadly operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Read More »

#KonyMeloni: New Video by Funny or Die and the Enough Project

The kings of comedy are at it again, but this time they are using humor to shine a light on human rights atrocities in central Africa. Comedy video website Funny or Die partnered with the Enough Project to co-produce a three-minute video starring Christopher Meloni, who co-starred on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU and recently joined the HBO series True Blood.

Watch “Kony Hunter with Christopher Meloni.”  Read More »

Dedicated Student Activists Descend on D.C. for Weekend Dedicated to Congo

Since late 2010, the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative, or CFCI, has been the leading component of the conflict-free movement—a growing constituency of consumers who demand that their electronics products contain conflict-free minerals from eastern Congo as a way of ensuring sustainable peace in the region. Last weekend, 45 student leaders in this movement, converged upon Washington, D.C., for a two-day conference to discuss the role of student activism in enacting change in Congo.  Read More »

U.N. Report Documents Election Violence in Congo: Next Steps?

Last November’s controversial Congolese presidential and legislative elections continue to make headlines, further diminishing a sense of legitimacy or credibility in the Congolese electoral process. Last week, the U.N. released a report documenting acts of serious human rights violations committed during the elections—including killings, disappearances and arbitrary detentions—by members of the Congolese defense and security forces in the nation’s capital, Kinshasa.  Read More »

Munitions Found at Site of Recent Clashes Link South Sudan’s White Army to External Support

A new Small Arms Survey report released last week cites evidence of external support of the White Army. After conducting research in Akobo, Likuongole, and the area surrounding Pibor town, Small Arms Survey found evidence of linking the White Army to weapons and ammunition identical to those used by both the SPLA and prominent rebel groups in South Sudan.  Read More »

Maryland Conflict Minerals Legislation Passes House and Senate Unanimously

Maryland’s legislation addressing the use of conflict minerals from eastern Congo in electronics products breezed through an important hurdle over the weekend, passing the House of Delegates unanimously on Saturday. The State Senate passed a similar bill by a vote of 46-0 two weeks earlier, leaving only a largely procedural reconciliation process between the House and Senate bills before a final version is sent to Governor Martin O’Malley’s desk.  Read More »

In Sudan and South Sudan, Signs of Progress but also a Need for Vigilance

Within the last two weeks, signs of progress have emerged from the two Sudans. In the context of tense negotiations between Khartoum and Juba, the developments are noteworthy but should be met with cautious optimism and vigilance by the international community.  Read More »