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The human rights and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan’s largest state of Jonglei continues to worsen. The long history of rebellion and inter-ethnic clashes in Jonglei has evolved into three overlapping crises: major intercommunal attacks between Murle and Lou Nuer militias, which have led to thousands of deaths and displacements; anongoing destructive rebellion led by David Yau Yau; and major human rights abuses committed by South Sudan’s army against Murle civilians. The suffering of Jonglei’s civilian population is intensifying from the continuing violence and a lack of access to humanitarian assistance.
New satellite imagery reveals that in Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, maintains military units within the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone in violation of Sudan and South Sudan’s September 2012 agreements to remove all armed forces in the zone. DigitalGlobe imagery taken in July 2013 shows infantry presence in the Sudanese towns of Keri Kera and al Miquenis.
On Wednesday, U.N. spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric announced that the Sudanese government had seized 190 cargo containers containing food rations and operational supplies for peacekeepers in Darfur. Despite this announcement,on Thursday, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced that Amira Gornass, Sudan’s Ambassador to U.N.-based agencies in Rome, will serve as the next Chairperson to the FAO’s influential Committee on Food Security. That an official from a government that will not allow peacekeepers to receive food rations and which refuses humanitarian assistance, including food, for vulnerable populations facing aerial bombardment will now head food security concerns for the FAO is a deeply troubling outcome.
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Map graphic: Bloomberg BNA
A new map in a Bloomberg BNA International Environment Reporter article by Wachira Kigotho shows the different types of environmental and natural resource crimes in different parts of Africa that are contributing to migration flows from the continent. The prevalence of conflict minerals, logging/charcoal, oil, and wildlife poaching and trafficking throughout the region track with the Enough Project's ongoing research and analysis.
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This post was written by Enough Project partner i-ACT and originally appeared on their blog. The Enough Project and i-ACT worked closely on the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program from 2009-2014, of which Not On Our Watch was a funder. This fund and awareness raising effort is an extension of our original goal of supporting Darfuri refugee education in eastern Chad.
Today is World Teachers’ Day. The day we honor those who encouraged us to be better individuals, community members, and global citizens by showing us how to explore the world around us. How to ask questions and problem solve. How to take risks when needed and be safe when it was dangerous. Teachers do not just teach rote learning, they are caring, innovative people who know that by connecting with and teaching our youngest members of society, we can create change, often towards a more peaceful future.
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In his remarks at the U.N. General Assembly, President Obama highlighted the issue of corruption and its detrimental effects on governance and development. The President’s remarks underscore the need for leaders to serve their people rather than to use government as a means for personal enrichment. Transparency, open government, and upholding the rule of law can address corruption, while also empowering communities.
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Earlier this week, the Simon Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum publicly launched a new tool to forecast the countries at highest risk for state-led mass killings. The Early Warning Project, a joint initiative between the Holocaust Museum and Dartmouth College's Dickey Center for International Understanding, has been in a pilot phase for two year and aims to identify situations of potential state-led mass killing and employ its information and accountability role to solicit action to preclude future genocides. By tracking and publicizing precursors to such significant violence against civilians, the Early Warning Project “hopes to empower officials and advocates to take preventive action and adopt strategies to avert future atrocities.”
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