Drawing upon the voices of cultural leaders to protect and assist the vulnerable, marginalized and displaced.
George Clooney and John Prendergast slumped down at a wooden table in a dusty school compound in southern Sudan. It was Oct. 4, and the two men were in the hometown of Valentino Achak Deng, whose experiences wandering the desert as a refugee during Sudan's last civil war were the basis for the best-selling book What Is the What.
Clooney, the actor, and Prendergast, a human-rights activist with 25 years of experience in Africa, had heard enough on their seven-day visit to know that a new round of atrocities could follow the January referendum on independence. If it did, the likelihood was that no one would be held accountable. Why not, Clooney asked, "work out some sort of a deal to spin a satellite" above southern Sudan and let the world watch to see what happens?
A new human rights project -- initiated by Not On Our Watch board member George Clooney -- will combine satellite imagery analysis and field reports with Google's Map Maker technology to deter the resumption of war between North and South Sudan.
Launched today, the Satellite Sentinel Project will use satellite imagery analysis and crowd-sourced mapping to monitor the tense border between North and South Sudan.
The Satellite Sentinel Project is available at www.satsentinel.org. Follow the link for further info.
"The African Union called for the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrants against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to be suspended while the continental body carries out a probe into alleged genocide in Darfur."
"There is a risk of increased instability in Sudan due to a lack of a peace deal for Darfur and a looming referendum on whether South Sudan should secede from the North, the U.N. chief said in a report released on Monday."
"A regional summit in Chad on Thursday backed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir who is wanted for war crimes and genocide saying it rejected 'all accusations' against him."
"A Sudanese rebel group has signed an agreement to allow the UN access to its bases to check children are not being recruited as soldiers."
"Sudan's president, who faces charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, traveled to neighboring Chad on Wednesday — the first time he has risked arrest by traveling to a member state of the International Criminal Court."