Earlier this month, Sudan’s paramilitary Janjaweed forces razed 127 empty villages in Darfur to the ground. According to reports in local media, this was their second rampage over the same territory in as many months. Read More »
The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) is issuing a human security alert for the civilian population of the Kauda Valley in the war-torn Nuba Mountains region of Sudan. Digital Globe Intelligence Solutions (DGIS) imagery has captured a significant mobilization of Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) around Rashad, Delaba, and Umm Abdallah in the Nuba Mountains, South Kordofan, Sudan. Read More »
A week after President Obama announced potential targeted sanctions against individuals responsible for the ongoing violence in South Sudan both sides have expressed an overwhelming lack of concern that they will be affected. Read More »
Former U.S. Diplomat Jeff Millington, provides a compelling argument for a diplomatic surge and humanitarian support in South Sudan. As one of the lead diplomats in supporting the negotiations leading to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between northern and southern Sudan, he has remained engaged in issues related to South Sudan since his retirement from the U.S. Foreign Service. Read More »
In 2003, brutal attacks on Darfur's civilian population captured the world's attention, but attention has drifted away from the war-torn region, since violence in Darfur diminished in the mid 2000s. Still, the root causes of the conflict persist. This mini-documentary done in coordination with our partners at iAct features the Enough Project's John Prendergast and Omer Ismail speaking with displaced Darfuris and hearing their stories.
In 2003, brutal attacks on Darfur's civilian population captured the world's attention. By 2004, the US government had enough evidence to call the Sudanese government's campaign against its own people a genocide. Activists, politicians and the UN mobilized to try to respond. But the killing continued.
Attention has drifted away from the war-torn region, since violence in Darfur diminished in the mid 2000s. Still, the root causes of the conflict persist. In the first half of 2013, we've seen a resurgence. Hundreds of thousands of Darfuris have been displaced and many more have fled across the border to Chad.
Reflections from James Alic Garang, formerly one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, on achieving his Ph.D. from UMass Amherst and the role the world can and should play providing a safe environment for accessible education globally and for the children of South Sudan. Read More »
Twenty years after Rwanda’s horrors, there are signs of hope for a more effective international response to future genocides—but only if we recognize the evolution in genocidal tactics. This op-ed by John Prendergast originally appeared in The Daily Beast on the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. Read More »
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Mass Atrocity Prevention Post Rwanda and Darfur
Washington, DC – Today, Rwandans and the international community will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide that killed 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 100 days. As commemorations unfold worldwide, an Enough Project report, released today, discusses modern mass atrocity prevention as we mark the anniversary of Rwanda’s genocide and recognize the 10th year of genocide in Darfur. The report “Rwanda 20 and Darfur 10: New Responses to Africa's Mass Atrocities” calls for a renewed approach to addressing the interlinked nature of modern-day African conflicts and mass atrocity crimes.
In the twenty years since the Rwandan genocide, Africa’s wars have become increasingly marked by integrated conflict systems, which spill over borders and include an array of armed groups. The conflicts, spanning the Horn of Africa, East Africa, and Central Africa, have taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Conventional peace processes and peacekeeping operations, however, are limited in scope and have largely failed to address the complexities of modern African conflict and mass atrocities. As a result, they fail to address the core systemic drivers of violence.
Enough Project co-founder and author of the report, John Prendergast, says:
"Without addressing the complicated transnational root causes of conflict and mass atrocities, without being much more inclusive, without dealing decisively with spoilers, and without integrating broader regional actors, today’s peace processes have no chance of producing sustainable peace."
To combat this, the report argues for new approaches to peacemaking and civilian protection that make a real difference in the lives of people in conflict-ridden regions. A new strategy should be marked by broader peace mechanisms, which include an effective response system from the international community and comprehensive and regional peace processes that address core drivers of conflict.
As commemorations unfold honoring the 20th anniversary of the onset of Rwanda’s genocide and the 10th year after Darfur’s genocide was recognized, the rhetoric of commitment to the prevention of mass atrocities has never been stronger.