Drawing upon the voices of cultural leaders to protect and assist the vulnerable, marginalized and displaced.
If you had had the opportunity three months ahead of time to prevent Darfur's genocide, what would you have done?
The world faces such an opportunity today. On Jan. 9, just 84 days from now, the people of southern Sudan and of the disputed region of Abyei -- which straddles northern and southern Sudan -- will vote in referendums on self-determination. If held freely and fairly, these votes will result in an independent, oil-rich Southern Sudan. If not, the catastrophic war between the north and the south that ended in 2005, after 2.5 million deaths, could resume.
If you had 90 days to prevent another Darfur, what would you do?
On January 9th, Southern Sudan will vote for its independence. The country is currently led by an indicted war criminal, Omar al-Bashir. Both north and south are preparing for war, leaving civilians at grave risk of major human rights violations.
Follow the link to find out how to send a message to President Obama asking him to act now.
In a segment on PBS NewsHour on March 17, Tom Bearden reported on the Satellite Sentinel Project’s use of imagery from space to track and document the deliberate razing of villages in the Abyei region of Sudan.
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KADUGLI, Sudan – Following politics in Sudan can be as surreal as an M. C. Escher illustration. Just when you think you have a good grounding in the issues, the floor becomes the ceiling and your whole perception takes a 180-degree jolt.
ABYEI, Sudan – This tense region wedged between North and South Sudan is a tinderbox. One spark could ignite renewed violence and plunge the whole border area back into war.
JUBA, Southern Sudan -- "I have been waiting a long time for this day," said a young man named Carter, standing in the intense, early morning sun. "Everyone here has, and we're going for separation," he said, gesturing toward the long lines of people around him who turned out to this polling station to vote in the South Sudan referendum on independence.
(The following is the third in a regular series of multimedia dispatches from veteran journalist Tim Freccia reporting from southern Sudan.)
Sometimes journalists working in chaotic, hostile environments uncover amazing stories. Other times, they become the story.
Veteran multimedia journalist Tim Freccia, who has been filing a series of dispatches from southern Sudan for Enough and Not On Our Watch, recently traveled to the town of Bor in Jonglei state. His goal was to link up with and document one of the barges that is traveling south along the Nile River bringing southern Sudanese living in the North back home ahead of next month’s referendum on southern independence.
Follow the link for the third full dispatch from Southern Sudan.