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This op-ed, co-authored by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared in the St. Louis-Post Dispatch.
Alice (not her real name) was living in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, when war erupted in December 2013. As soldiers went from house to house shooting anyone they found, she witnessed the killing of seven of her relatives and her pastor. Her pastor had been gathering people together to try to protect them. But when the soldiers found him, they shot him and poured beer on him.
Testimony of John Prendergast, Not On Our Watch board member, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's hearing on “Independent South Sudan: A Failure of Leadership”, given on December 10, 2015.
Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Cardin, and members of the committee, I’m grateful for the opportunity to testify about South Sudan at such a critical fork in the road for the youngest nation in the world. Working with the executive branch and through your actions, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has the opportunity to help this new country change course and make progress on implementing the hard-won peace agreement that was signed back in August. If these efforts fail, South Sudan will likely be plunged back into a full-scale civil war that surely would be – based on past experience – one of the world’s deadliest.
Follow the link for the full testimony.
On Thursday, April 28, 2016, NOOW partner the Enough Project held a panel discussion in the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill focused on Sudan and the sanctions debate surrounding that country’s ruling regime. The event, “A New Approach to Sudan,” featured a number of speakers from various backgrounds in both the government and non-government sectors.
Follow the link for an overview and video of the event.
This Thursday, May 12, UK Prime Minister David Cameron will host an international anti-corruption summit in London. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to attend the summit, which will bring together high-level government representatives, business leaders and civil society to step up international efforts to address corruption. Last week the White House announced several steps the U.S. will take to strengthen financial transparency, and combat corruption, money laundering, and tax evasion.
A link to further information follows after the jump.
Board member George Clooney presented the inaugural 2016 Aurora Prize in Armenia last month.
Click to read board member John Prendergast's profiles of the four 2016 finalists for the humanitarian award.
On Wednesday, May 4, 120 bipartisan Members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to keep Sudan a priority in the final months of his Administration.
Click through for a link to the full letter.
On Wednesday April 27, board member John Prendergast testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations as part of a hearing entitled “South Sudan’s Prospects for Peace and Security.”
Follow the link for a summary and video of the hearing.