“They were shooting everyone. Women, men, children, and the old,” said Omer, a 28-year-old refugee from the town of Maganza in the Sudanese state of Blue Nile.
“I was in the market,” he recalled, selling goods harvested from his farm. “I saw the soldiers coming and shooting and I heard the Antonovs.” Immediately, he ran from the market back home to find his family. But in the chaos, Omer left his three-year-old son. “The war was too much,” he said quietly. “There was not time to look for him.”
Few have ever heard of the Nuba Mountains village of Um Bartumbu, and fewer still have been there. It is located in the conflict-torn state of South Kordofan, Sudan, where troops fighting for the government of Sudan, and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-North, or SPLM/A-N, have been fighting since June 2011. But for new eyewitness reports obtained by citizen journalists, the recent discovery and release of a cellphone video, and new confirmation from DigitalGlobe and Landsat satellite imagery, the world would never know of the razing of the village and the forced flight of its inhabitants. Read More »
Congolese President Joseph Kabila and Rwandan President Paul Kagame held a one-on-one meeting last Sunday to discuss the recent deterioration of security along the border between their two countries. The presidents, with the backing of the regional International Conference of the Great Lakes Region, or ICGLR, agreed in principal to a number of steps to resolve the crisis in eastern Congo, including the creation of a neutral international force that would patrol their borders and act as a counter force against militias operating in the area, such as the M23, the FDLR, and any other destabilizing forces. Read More »
In a room packed with more than 150 people, the Enough Project hosted a panel discussion on July 16 about the interconnected challenges facing Sudan and South Sudan since South Sudan’s first anniversary of independence. The panelists addressed the ongoing North-South negotiation process and the recent wave of anti-regime protests sweeping though Sudan, emphasizing their effect on security in the region and the potential for regime change. Read More »
In her first month as the second chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, or ICC, Fatou Bensouda is facing myriad challenges that threaten to undermine the slowly developing architecture of international justice. No obstacle is greater, arguably, than the primary Achilles heel of global accountability: the lack of a coherent or consistent strategy for apprehending war crimes suspects for whom international arrest warrants have been issued. Read More »
Nagi Musa is the co-founder of the Sudanese pro-democracy group Girifna. He spoke to the Enough Project about the Friday protests that have become a weekly event after prayers, his friend and fellow Girifna member Rudwan Dawod, who was arrested last week, and the impact the government’s crackdown on peaceful demonstrators is having even on those who haven’t taken to the streets. Read More »