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last update: february 20th, 2009

february 20th, 2009

Board Member Brad Pitt Visits Burma Border, Announces $500,000 Lifesaving Grant

“Having just returned from the region, I’ve seen the incredible hardships faced by men, women, and children as they fight to survive. Basic services including clean water, food, and medical care are in short supply for many of the country’s most vulnerable,” said Not On Our Watch co-founder Brad Pitt. “Survival in times like these continues to be against the odds. We are proud to support the work of organizations including WFP that combat these problems, and we remain hopeful that the international community will take a lead in addressing their causes in the long term.”

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february 19th, 2009

Board Member George Clooney Currently in Chad

In anticipation of the upcoming International Criminal Court (ICC) ruling on an arrest warrant fur Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for crimes against humanity, Not On Our Watch board member and co-founder George Clooney has traveled to Eastern Chad to shine a new spotlight on the crisis in Sudan.


The NY Times' Nicholas Kristof and NBC's Ann Curry are accompanying him on the trip and reporting from the field. Please check the News column to the left for updates over the course of the next few days.

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last updated july 11th, 2016

july 11th, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast: South Sudan Peace Deal at "Grave Risk"

Upon returning from South Sudan this past week, Not On Our Watch board member John Prendergast has addressed the current situation in-country.


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july 8th, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast Op-Ed: "Mandela or Mobutu Moment in South Sudan?"

This op-ed, authored by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared on The Daily Beast.


Just a day after South Sudan marked its fifth anniversary as the world's newest independent country, fierce fighting between rival factions has resumed, putting the already tenuous August 2015 peace deal in jeopardy. Hundreds are alleged to have been killed in the last few days, and thousands displaced. Command and control on both sides of the fighting appears to have broken down. Nothing seems safe as UN buildings and personnel have been attacked and U.S. diplomatic vehicles have come under fire. Helicopter gunships and tanks have been deployed along with other heavy artillery. Regional leaders are actively promoting a ceasefire, but as someone from that region once told me, "The guns talk louder than the voice."

july 8th, 2016

South Sudan Marks Fifth Year of Independence

NOOW partner The Enough Project has released a series of statements on the eve of South Sudan's fifth year of independence.


Read those statements after the jump.

june 21st, 2016

Increased Backlash over EU Plan to Work with Sudan Government on Refugees

The backlash from leading humanitarian and development organizations continues over the European Union’s recent plan to work with Sudan and other repressive regimes to address irregular migration flows and stop refugees from reaching Europe. This plan would partner the EU with Sudan, despite Sudan President Omar al-Bashir’s outstanding International Criminal Court arrest warrants and the regime’s terrible human rights record, and Eritrea, where a 2016 United Nations Commission of Inquiry found that Eritrean government officials have committed crimes against humanity, including enslavement, rape, and torture, over the past 25 years.


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june 20th, 2016

New Report: How an Illegal Charcoal Trade is Threatening Africa’s Oldest National Park

Today, NOOW partner The Enough Project released its latest report, “The Mafia in the Park: A charcoal syndicate is threatening Virunga, Africa's oldest national park” by Enough Senior Policy Analyst Holly Dranginis.


Follow the jump for a link to the report.

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