Good news is hard to come by in Congo, so no one should be surprised to see Congolese citizens dancing in the streets these days, overjoyed by their government’s rare battlefield victory over the reviled M23 rebellion. Read More »
Warped and exploitative regional relationships have been one of the most critical factors in Congo becoming the site of the deadliest war in the world over the past two decades. Several of Congo’s neighbors have been deeply involved in the war, and the Congolese government’s deep corruption and bad governance have created conditions in which the army and a host of militias have operated with impunity and destabilized eastern Congo. The Congo-Rwanda relationship, however, has been at the heart of the decade-and-ahalf-long war in Congo and is thus the focus of this report.
By Sasha Lezhnev and John Prendergast | Oct 16, 2013
While the recent 50th anniversary commemoration of the "March on Washington" to demand rights for African Americans focused attention on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s unfinished domestic agenda in the United States, Dr. King was also strongly committed to a global human rights movement, particularly related to Africa. Read More »
On the surface, our recent trip to the rebel-held areas of Sudan’s Nuba Mountains hauntingly echoed earlier visits to Darfur and South Sudan. A huge group of people—targeted by their government in Khartoum because of their ethnicity, the rich land they live on, and their resistance to dictatorship—are being serially bombarded, raped, abducted, and starved in this case for the second time in the last two decades. The culprit remains the same as well: the Khartoum regime led by General Omar al-Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. This human rights catastrophe within Sudan is unfolding alongside a virtual state of war between Sudan and South Sudan, playing itself out in the border oilfields not far from the Nuba Mountains. Read More »
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 »
WASHINGTON – George Clooney witnessed indiscriminate bombing of civilians in the conflict-torn state of South Kordofan, Sudan during a trip last week with Enough Project Co-founder John Prendergast. A four-minute Enough Project video released today, written and directed by Clooney, documents an aerial attack in the Nuba Mountains and spotlights the urgency for action to stop the targeting of civilians in Sudan.
“This isn’t a war of retaliation, this is simply trying to clear people out ethnically because of the color of their skin,” said Clooney in the video.
South Kordofan, which is home to Sudan’s ethnic minority Nuba people, has been an ongoing target of aerial bombardment by the Sudanese Armed Forces, or SAF. According to UN estimates, most of the 200,000 Nuba people who remain in South Kordofan are hiding in caves to avoid attacks, cut off from humanitarian aid.
“This is a civilian protection crisis,” said Prendergast in the video. “We talk all the time about the responsibility to protect human life—right here is a ground zero for that responsibility.”
In the video, Clooney takes cover alongside Nuba people as apparent SAF Antonov bombers fly overhead. He speaks to witnesses and victims of recent bombings, and includes footage of a young boy who lost both of his hands while hiding in a cave during an attack.
At the conclusion of the video, the Enough Project urges viewers to take action (Text Sudan to 30644) and send their Member of Congress a message to support the recently-introduced Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act of 2012.
Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, the Enough Project focuses on crises in Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas of Africa affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough’s strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a “3P” crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. For more information, please visit www.enoughproject.org.