On June 19, Obama administration officials and advocacy group representatives from the U.S. and Africa met on Capitol Hill to testify before Congress’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission about the continuing human rights crisis caused by the Lord’s Resistance Army. While government officials painted a rosy picture of the current status of the U.S. military advisors, advocates used this opportunity to sound the alarm and highlight severe shortcomings that threaten the success of the advisors’ deployment and other U.S. efforts. Read More »
Along the remote border frontiers of Congo, the Central African Republic, or CAR, and South Sudan, an underreported yet highly devastating refugee crisis continues to unfold. Hundreds of thousands of people, having fled from the vicious, predatory violence of the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, eke out a precarious existence as refugees and internally displaced people in an extremely underdeveloped region of the world. In keeping with the spirit of this past Wednesday’s World Refugee Day, Enough takes a moment to reflect on the plight and courage of these individuals. Read More »
The pressure is mounting on companies to create conflict-free products with minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo. This week, Duke University joined 10 other colleges calling for responsible monitoring of corporate supply chains that may be funding violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Read More »
Today, one of the most dire refugee situations underway is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. U.N. reports have cited that the recent outbursts of violence between the Congolese military and defector army militants loyal to General Bosco Ntaganda, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, have sparked a mass influx in refugees fleeing the region. The Congolese civilian population has found themselves caught in the middle of the fighting and, in some cases, systematically targeted. Threats of abduction, rape, and involuntary militia recruitment have forced civilians to flee into neighboring countries. Read More »
In light of mounting evidence of the Rwandan government’s support of Bosco Ntaganda and the rebellious M23 movement, the U.S. government must critically re-evaluate its military and development aid and foreign policy strategy vis-à-vis Kigali and urge further high-level investigations into the alleged incidents of Rwandan interference. Read More »
Did you know that most Americans don’t know what it means to be a refugee or that there are more than 10 million refugees worldwide? We at the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program want to change that, and you can help. DDT launched the Summer Service Challenge last year to get students, teachers, and community members in the United States learning and teaching others about lives of refugees in their communities and around the world. Read More »
On June 7, yet another round of negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan ended. These most recent talks centered around the establishment of the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone, or SDBZ, a border security measure to which both sides consented in a June 2011 agreement on border security. While the SDBZ is agreed upon in theory, in practice, the establishment of this zone will prove tricky. Read More »
The secretary-general’s report comes at a critical time, as the first three months of this year saw a major upswing in LRA activity, with 53 LRA attacks, abductions, and other incidents reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic. Read More »
Falls Church, VA - On Saturday, June 23, the Enough Project’s Darfur Dream Team, in partnership with the Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, will host a celebration in honor of World Refugee Day.
The event will include music, art, and food and is anticipated to be an educational, uplifting, fun, and participatory experience for all ages. This event is free and open to the general public, however a special invitation is extended to refugee families who have resettled in the DMV area. This celebration is possible due to the generous donations provided by Pop Chips, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Amoos Kabob, Merkamo Ethiopian Bistro, Darfur Interfaith Network, Founding Farmers, and Blessed Coffee.
Who: Refugees resettling in the National Capital Area, the service providers and volunteers who support them, the Enough Project’s Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program, and Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area
What: A multicultural World Refugee Day Celebration
Where: St. Paul's Lutheran Church- 7426 Idylwood Road Falls Church, VA 22043 (Metro: West Falls Church)
When: Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 11:00AM - 3:00PM ET
Why: To celebrate World Refugee Day and honor the resilience of refugees resettling in the greater Washington, DC community. This event will also raise awareness about the situation in Darfur, emphasize the importance and urgency of keeping the peace in Darfur, and establish a strong foundation of refugee education to ensure a more positive future for the people of Darfur and Sudan.
The Enough Project is an anti-genocide organization whose Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program has a two-fold mission to provide quality education to every Darfuri refugee child while simultaneously developing personal connections between students from Darfur and the United States to promote mutual understanding.
Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area has been compassionately serving the community’s most vulnerable citizens since 1917. Their numerous programs which include adoption and foster care, community education, disaster response, refugee services, and youth camp were implemented as responses to emerging challenges faced by community members. Their Refugee and Immigrant Services program serves refugees and asylees in handling the challenges and opportunities they face once settled in the national capital area and help assist them in their journey to self-sufficiency.