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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 3rd, 2016

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.


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april 22nd, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast Op-Ed: "Dirty Money Fuels South Sudan’s War"

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


South Sudan’s principal rebel leader, Riek Machar, is finally going back to Juba and his post of vice president this week, giving a boost to hopes for peace after war has raged in the world’s newest country for over two years. But his return to a country facing economic implosion and famine provides a reminder as to why this war began, what the biggest obstacles to peace are, and what must be done to overcome them.

april 12th, 2016

Sudan Tribune: "El-Fasher University students protest against Darfur referendum"

El-Fasher University students Monday took the street to protest against the administrative referendum which started in Darfur five states on the same day.


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