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last update: march 16th, 2018

march 14th, 2018

The Key to Making Peace in Africa: Fighting Corruption Can Help End Conflict

 

Note: This piece originally appeared in Foreign Affairs, and was written by George Clooney and John Prendergast.

In December 2013, competing factions of South Sudan’s ruling party plunged the country into a horrific civil war as they fought over the spoils of the world’s newest state. Now in its fourth year, the conflict has ravaged the economy, resulted in tens of thousands of deaths, brought hundreds of thousands to the brink of famine, and displaced more than four million people, making this Africa’s largest refugee crisis since the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. And yet, amid all the suffering, a small clique of government elites and their cronies inside and outside South Sudan have benefited financially from the fighting, siphoning off the country’s oil wealth and storing the money in their private bank accounts and in luxury real estate in neighboring countries.

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march 5th, 2018

Fueling Atrocities: Oil and War in South Sudan

 

Note: This brief was originally published on The Sentry.

 

South Sudan’s elite is using the country’s oil wealth to get rich and terrorize civilians, according to documents reviewed in an ongoing investigation by The Sentry.

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last updated may 5th, 2016

may 5th, 2016

A Look at the Four Finalists for the 2016 Aurora Prize

Board member George Clooney presented the inaugural 2016 Aurora Prize in Armenia last month.

 

Click to read board member John Prendergast's profiles of the four 2016 finalists for the humanitarian award.

may 4th, 2016

120 Members of Congress Urge President Obama to Prioritize Sudan

On Wednesday, May 4, 120 bipartisan Members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to keep Sudan a priority in the final months of his Administration.

 

Click through for a link to the full letter.

may 3rd, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast Testifies before Congress on South Sudan

On Wednesday April 27, board member John Prendergast testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations as part of a hearing entitled “South Sudan’s Prospects for Peace and Security.”

 

Follow the link for a summary and video of the hearing.

april 28th, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast: "Obama’s Iran playbook gives hope to Darfur"

This op-ed, co-authored by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared on The Hill.

 

Although Darfur’s atrocities are widely perceived to be a thing of the past, the UN announced in the last week that 138,000 Darfuris have been displaced by conflict since the beginning of the year, joining over four million Sudanese already displaced by ongoing wars in Darfur, Blue Nile, and South Kordofan states. Sudan’s conflicts have produced the third highest prevalence of malnutrition globally, and European governments are so concerned about the influx of Sudanese refugees into Europe that the European Union last week donated $100 million to projects aimed at staunching the flow of those refugees.

april 25th, 2016

NGOs Release Statement on Situation in South Sudan

Today, NOOW partner the Enough Project joined 10 other organizations in releasing a statement regarding the current situation in South Sudan. Read the full text below, and download the PDF here.

 

Click through for the full statement and list of signatories.

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