Drawing upon the voices of cultural leaders to protect and assist the vulnerable, marginalized and displaced.
"The largest conventional war on the face of the earth in 2011 will occur in Sudan unless bold diplomacy led by the U.S. prevents it. The most dangerous tripwire will be in seven months, when southern Sudanese will vote to determine whether the South splits off and forms a new country. Some ruling party officials don't want to give up the oil-rich South without a fight. Southerners spilled a great deal of blood to win the right to opt out of Sudan, and they will keep fighting until they have their own state. The last North/South war that ended in 2005 cost more than 2 million lives, and the Darfur conflict in Sudan's West has claimed over 300,000 more. Massive death tolls are the result of war tactics — principally by the government — that target civilians. Communities throughout Sudan have fought an authoritarian government to share in the country's power and wealth."
Not On Our Watch has awarded the U.S. Fund for UNICEF a grant of $250,000 to support an innovative program to reduce maternal mortality in Southern Sudan. The grant will provide motorcycle ambulances and improved maternal health care in five states of the Southern Sudan region, including Western Equatoria, Lakes, Jonglei, Western Bahr El Ghazal, and Central Equatoria.
“As the situation in Sudan grows increasingly unstable, it is imperative that the international community take action to help those most vulnerable,” said Not On Our Watch co-founder Matt Damon. “The maternal mortality rate in South Sudan is one of the highest in the world. We are proud to help UNICEF as they work to save lives, especially during this critical period.”
"Authorities in Sudan's West Darfur state have expelled five humanitarian workers from the United Nations and the Red Cross, aid officials said Monday, as the UN chief expressed alarm about the situation in Darfur."
"Sudan must stop blocking aid agencies from reaching more than 80,000 displaced Darfuri refugees at Kalma camp, a scene of bloodshed where conditions are deteriorating, the UN's humanitarian chief said on Saturday."
"Two police advisers deployed with the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan's western region of Darfur were kidnapped by gunmen on Saturday, UNAMID said in a statement."
"There was an exchange of gunfire at a refugee camp in Sudan's western Darfur region that has been the focus of a tense standoff between international peacekeepers and Khartoum, a U.N. spokesman said on Wednesday."
"Northern and southern Sudanese leaders resumed negotiations on Tuesday on the ramifications of possible southern independence early next year, such as the distribution of oil wealth."