Over the past few days, Congress has been active in its response to the conflicts unfolding in both Sudan and South Sudan. In the House, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights, and International Organizations held a hearing on Sudan and South Sudan. Read More »
This week, the co-chairs of the U.S. House of Representatives Caucus on Sudan and South Sudan began seeking support from other members of Congress for a letter calling for deeper engagement on the conflict in South Sudan. Read More »
South Sudan’s Jan. 23 ceasefire was supposed to put an end to more than a month of violence that killed roughly 10,000 people, displaced more than 800,000 others, and threatened to unravel the fragile social fabric of a fledgling state that has been independent for just 31 months. Read More »
The president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo last night for a conference of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), being held in the capital city of Kinshasa. Read More »
John Prendergast to Testify at House Hearing on Sudan and South Sudan
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, John Prendergast, Enough Project Co-Founder, will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs along with a high-level panel of Sudan experts including the Honorable Donald Booth, Dr. Walid Phares, and Adotei Akwei.
Prendergast will discuss the conflicts in Sudan and South Sudan, and the need for a more unified, comprehensive U.S. policy approach that can advance the long-term goals of peace, security, and sovereignty in the Sudans.
John Prendergast, Enough Project Co-Founder, says:
"A nightmare scenario is unfolding in this region. To counter it more effectively, the United States and broader international community need to construct a peace strategy for the Sudans. At this juncture, the U.S. is largely reacting to fast-developing events on the ground, primarily by deploying its very capable Special Envoy to the region and by providing generous amounts of humanitarian aid. Given the escalating crisis being faced by the two countries and the threat posed by a regionalization of the wars, a much more robust and proactive approach is needed. A broader strategy for the two Sudans would at a minimum beef up efforts on four fronts: peace, democracy, accountability, and the leverage to impact these goals."
The Enough Project is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on the crises in Sudan, South Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough conducts intensive field research, develops practical policies to address these crises, and shares sensible tools to empower citizens and groups working for change. To learn more about Enough, go to www.enoughproject.org.
Testimony of John Prendergast, Co-Founder of Enough Project, before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights, and International Organizations on U.S. policy on Sudan and South Sudan given on February 26, 2014.
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