Drawing upon the voices of cultural leaders to protect and assist the vulnerable, marginalized and displaced.
AGOK, South Sudan -- “I ran because I saw many militias and SAF,” said Malak Miyen, an elderly Ngok Dinka man. “I survived because of God.” Malak was in Abyei town when Sudan government forces and allied militias violently took over the Abyei territory in May 2011, in response to alleged South Sudan army provocation. For over a year, he has been displaced in a town 37 kilometers south of Abyei town called Agok. This was the second time in his life Malak has been forced to flee from his home. The first time was in 2008, when Abyei town was similarly ravaged by fighting.
On May 2, the United Nations Security Council enacted a resolution addressing recent violence that has flared along the poorly defined international border separating Sudan and South Sudan, as well as the nearly year-long conflict between Sudanese government forces and the Sudan Revolutionary Front, or SRF. It was an important move, and a significant one given the political gridlock the Security Council often faces when considering issues related to the two Sudans.
"The leader of Southern Sudan's second largest party has told the BBC there was 'massive rigging' in Sudan's recent landmark elections."
"Sudan's president won another term in office Monday with a comfortable majority in elections marred by boycotts and fraud allegations, becoming the first head-of-state to be re-elected while facing an international arrest warrant for war crimes."
"The International Criminal Court in The Hague rejected Monday a prosecution request to appeal against a decision dismissing war crimes charges against a Sudanese rebel leader, effectively ending the case."
"Clashes between soldiers in southern Sudan and Arab tribes in Darfur killed 58 people, raising tensions along the border with the north of the country, officials said Sunday."
"Main Darfur rebel group the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) Thursday accused Khartoum of preparing to launch an attack on the war-torn western Sudan region despite a peace pact."