5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

 

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.

In a feature for Newsweek magazine, Goma-based reporter Melanie Gouby considers, “What Does M23 Want?” The piece highlights the complexities and the contradictions through which the rebels rose to prominence and managed to overtake the provincial capital.

The online literary journal Warscapes presents a series of pieces on Sudan and South Sudan, rediscovering the 1987 novel by Francis Deng Cry of the Owl and the 2006 novel The Drift of Latitudes by Jamal Mahjoub, presenting new work by author Leila Aboulela, and showcasing emerging South Sudanese authors Edward Eremugo Luka and David Lukudu. “This special Warscapes issue spans narratives of returning home from exile in the west to migratory journeys within Sudan, as well as war's impact on women and children," writes Bhakti Shringarpure in the editor's preface.

Reuters’ Hereward Holland reports about the targeted killing of South Sudanese journalist Diing Chan Awuol in Juba this week. Awuol is the first journalist killed in South Sudan since the country gained independence last year, and his family says he had received death threats in reaction to his writings that were frequently critical of the government.

Bloomberg Markets magazine profiles Israeli businessman Dan Gertler, one of the most notorious investors in Congo’s mining industry. As Jean Pierre Muteba, the head of a watchdog coalition monitoring mining in Katanga, puts it simply, “He has political connections, so state companies sell him mines for low prices and he sells them on for huge profits. That’s how he’s become a billionaire.”

Mogadishu mayor Mohamed Nur is making a pitch for members of the Somali diaspora to return to Somalia and make an investment in the city now that al-Shabaab militants no longer control turf. Nur speaks with PRI’s The World about the opportunities on offer, in spite of the still very real security risks. “You have the opportunity to make a supernatural profit,” he says.

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