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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 september 25th, 2017

september 25th, 2017

New Enough Report: Strategic Pressure: A Blueprint for Addressing New Threats and Supporting Democratic Change in the DRC.

 

Note: This blog was originally published on enoughproject.org

 

Today, the Enough Project published “Strategic Pressure: A Blueprint for Addressing New Threats and Supporting Democratic Change in the DRC,” by Founding Director John Prendergast and Deputy Policy Director Sasha Lezhnev. The report recommends that an effective strategy to bringCongoback from the brink of crisis should focus on strongly supportingCongoleseefforts to achieve a democratic transition through a much more robust strategy of financial pressure. At the same time, the strategy should entail pushing for key structural reforms and immediate conflict mitigation steps in the Kasai region and the east.

august 14th, 2017

Senators Corker and Coons to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin: Deploy Financial Tools to End Corrupt Behavior of South Sudanese Leaders

 

Note: This press release was originally published on enoughproject.org.

 

In a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) detail the necessary steps the Treasury Department should take on South Sudan to “cut off the free flow of resources to the political and military elites, their families and associates.”

The Enough Project applauds Senators Corker and Coons for their focus on the use of financial tools to address the nexus of conflict and corruption in South Sudan, and for their leadership and commitment to a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the country.

july 28th, 2017

Dire Humanitarian Situation in Darfur Alarms U.S. Embassy in Sudan

 

Note: This blog was originally published on enoughproject.org.

 

A “deteriorating” humanitarian situation in Jebel Marra in the Darfur region is getting the attention of U.S. embassy officials in Khartoum, Sudan, who expressed concern at what is being described as “critical levels of severe acute malnutrition” despite a concerted effort by aid agencies to arrest the worsening situation. In a statement, the embassy said the situation demands a concerted multi-sector response.

july 27th, 2017

Pushing for Progress on Abyei

 

Learn more about the ongoing tensions in Abyei in the Enough Project's two-part blog series.

july 10th, 2017

Lifting sanctions will help Sudan’s leaders. What about everyone else?

 

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Washington Post and was written by Tom Catena, the only doctor permanently based in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains; he is the laureate of the 2017 Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity.

 

On most days, I don’t feel as though the daily debates or the deadlines set in Washington affect me much. Who’s up and who’s down, and who tweeted what at whom, just aren’t on my radar. But July 12 — the day by which the United States must decide whether to lift sanctions against the government of Sudan — is a day that I’ll be watching closely because it will affect me and the people I serve.

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