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may 31st, 2017

New Sentry Report – Making a Fortune While Making a Famine: The Illustrative Case of a South Sudanese General

 

Note: This report was published by Not On Our Watch's initiative, The Sentry.

 

Today, The Sentry published its latest report, Making a Fortune While Making a Famine: The Illustrative Case of a South Sudanese General. It examines documents concerning Lt. Gen. Malek Reuben Riak, who was recently promoted to deputy chief of defense staff, and is one of the senior generals that the U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts has identified as responsible for the violence in Unity state that directly led to the famine. A close examination of these documents helps illustrate the warped incentives that are presented to senior military officials in South Sudan.

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march 21st, 2017

How The World’s Newest Country Went Awry

Note: This report is published on enoughproject.org

 

War has been hell for South Sudan’s people, but it has been very lucrative for the country’s leaders and commercial collaborators, South Sudan’s war profiteers. South Sudan has been torn apart by three wars in the last 60 years. Two and a half to three million people have perished as a result of these wars. This legacy has finally caught up to the world’s newest country, as the United Nations declared a full-blown famine in February 2017, a rare declaration that the U.N. hadn’t made for any part of the world since 2011, and multiple U.N. officials have asserted that South Sudan stands on the brink of genocide.

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last updated may 4th, 2016

may 4th, 2016

120 Members of Congress Urge President Obama to Prioritize Sudan

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.

may 3rd, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast Testifies before Congress on South Sudan

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.

april 28th, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast: "Obama’s Iran playbook gives hope to Darfur"

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

 

Although Darfur’s atrocities are widely perceived to be a thing of the past, the UN announced in the last week that 138,000 Darfuris have been displaced by conflict since the beginning of the year, joining over four million Sudanese already displaced by ongoing wars in Darfur, Blue Nile, and South Kordofan states. Sudan’s conflicts have produced the third highest prevalence of malnutrition globally, and European governments are so concerned about the influx of Sudanese refugees into Europe that the European Union last week donated $100 million to projects aimed at staunching the flow of those refugees.

april 25th, 2016

NGOs Release Statement on Situation in South Sudan

Today, NOOW partner the Enough Project joined 10 other organizations in releasing a statement regarding the current situation in South Sudan. Read the full text below, and download the PDF here.

 

Click through for the full statement and list of signatories.

april 22nd, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast Op-Ed: "Dirty Money Fuels South Sudan’s War"

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

 

South Sudan’s principal rebel leader, Riek Machar, is finally going back to Juba and his post of vice president this week, giving a boost to hopes for peace after war has raged in the world’s newest country for over two years. But his return to a country facing economic implosion and famine provides a reminder as to why this war began, what the biggest obstacles to peace are, and what must be done to overcome them.

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