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This op-ed, by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared on The Daily Beast.
South Sudan’s belligerents have signed a peace deal, but it is far from certain that the brutal 20-month civil war is over. If the next steps the parties take are simply to restore the status quo that existed before the war’s eruption, the odds are wildly in favor of a return to deadly conflict. However, if the implementation of the agreement is seen as a chance to restart the construction of a viable state in the world’s newest country, dismantling the violent kleptocracy that it’s become since independence in 2011, then South Sudan has a chance for peace.
Today, Not On Our Watch with its partner The Enough Project announce the launch of The Sentry, a new initiative seeking to dismantle the networks of perpetrators, facilitators, and enablers who fund and profit from Africa’s deadliest conflicts.
"Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Sudan's president to seek help in freeing two members of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur who have been held hostage for more than 100 days, the U.N. said Monday."
"International aid agencies and the Government of Zimbabwe today appealed for $378 million to support humanitarian and early recovery efforts in the Southern African country over the next year, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced today."
"The U.S. special envoy to Sudan voiced concern on Thursday about rising ethnic violence in its southern region and said Washington would step up efforts to help curb fighting ahead of nationwide elections next year."
"A former top U.N. investigator on Thursday accused the Obama administration of failing to enforce a five-year-old arms embargo in Darfur, Sudan, and said weapons continue to flow into the region."
"The German ambassador to Zimbabwe says Western countries and major international financial institutions have changed their engagement with the country's inclusive government during the past few months. The countries, who have aligned themselves in a group they call Friends of Zimbabwe, have established ways to begin financing the rebuilding of the country's shattered infrastructure."