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.
"UN representatives and aid workers were allowed into a refugee camp in war-torn Darfur on Monday, more than two weeks after deadly fighting there, the United Nations said."
"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."