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Want to Know More about the UNICEF Chief’s Congo Trip? Ask Her.

Congolese woman in clinic

Wrapping up a five-day trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UNICEF chief said that she was “horrified” by the stories of violence inflicted on the people of eastern Congo by predatory groups like the Lord’s Resistance Army, but was moved by the “sheer will and determination of the community to help.” Now, she's taking your questions.  Read More »

Somalia: Peacekeepers Battle Insurgents and Malnutrition

Militants patrol street in Mogadishu - AP

A recent spate of deaths due to malnutrition and chronic funding problems (the force has never received the $800 million dollars it had been promised) underlines the severity of the day-to-day hardships the African Union peacekeepers in Somalia encounter.  Read More »

LATimes: Darfur Becoming Even More of a Problem

The Los Angeles Times ran a well-timed editorial today countering now former UNAMID force commander Martin Luther Agwai’s self-serving comments last week about the end of Darfur’s hot war and urging President Obama to turn his attention to the “millions suffering in Darfur.”  Read More »

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Zuma in Zimbabwe: South African President Sees Way Forward

South African President Zuma - AP

Gwede Mantash, the secretary general of South Africa’s leading ANC, said Wednesday that Zuma would not shy away from being vocal, noting that the South African president would “become more vocal in what we see as deviant behavior in our neighbor.”  Read More »

Promoting Peace in Sudan: The Devil is in the Details

Without a doubt, the decision by President Obama to appoint a special envoy to Sudan was a good one. And as his appointee for the post, retired Maj. General Scott Gration, touches down in Washington today after his seventh trip as Sudan special envoy, there is no doubt that he is hard working, well-intentioned, and facing some very real challenges.  Read More »

Cozy Ties between Khartoum and the LRA: Guess Who Pays?

The World Food Program is now suspending its ground operations in parts of southern Sudan because of attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army.  Read More »

Sunny Darfur?

Riyad IDP Camp - D. Mercado

In talking about the situation in Darfur as he departs his post, the commander of UNAMID Martin Luther Agwai, has offered some very self-serving remarks. Agwai rightly notes the declining levels of violence in Darfur, but entirely misses the big picture in doing so. "As of today, I would not say there is a war going on in Darfur," declared Agwai in a briefing in Khartoum.  Read More »

Hunger Epidemic Threatens South Sudan

Families collect water in Rumbek - M.Fick

Amid the mounting political challenges in Sudan, the United Nations signaled this week that it is gearing up for a massive food shortage in southern Sudan.  Read More »

Rice: “U.S. Profoundly and Deeply Committed to Upholding Human Rights”

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice - AP

Six months into her post as U.N. Ambassador, Susan Rice spoke with NPR this morning about the shift ushered in by the Obama administration in the way that the U.S. engages with the United Nations.  Read More »

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