Darfur Family Reunited

A couple from Darfur currently residing in New York has reunited with their four-year-old daughter recently released from a refugee camp in Sudan.

It had been two-and-a-half years since the parents had seen their child. The mother described her ordeal as “very difficult…it’s a piece of your heart”.

The daughter continues to ask her mom and dad why she was “left behind”. Her father’s answer?

I tried to explain to her but I don’t know how to explain.

Update: Here is a video of the story.

Men Dressed as Women Attack Darfur Female Students

Shocking occurrence in Khartoum…

A group of Darfur female students, discussing the International Criminal Court’s indictment of Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, were attacked by male members of the National Congress Party (NCP) disguised in women’s clothes to “infiltrate” the setting.

Bashir, who has been indicted on war crimes and crimes against humanity, is a leader of the NCP.

Under Sudanese law, women are entitled to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly on campus.

Wow…that’s all I can say right now.

Save Darfur? Or Save Sudan?

NY Times columnist and Darfur advocate Nicholas Kristof recently published an article speaking of the “real danger of the North-South war in Sudan reviving, partly because Darfur has been allowed to fester and because there have been no real disincentives for President Bashir to engage in mass slaughter”.

Kristof fears that what has happened in Darfur may repeat itself in South Sudan. He believes that it may be possible that a “new version” of the Janjaweed is developing and planning to head south.

In short, everyday that we allow the Darfur genocide to continue, the potential for another set of atrocities to occur in a second area of Sudan grows.

Click here to learn more about the current situation in South Sudan, where tensions are escalating rapidly.

“The World’s New Threat: Conflict Fatigue”

The current humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo calls for our attention. However, according to two individuals connected to Enough, there is a major obstacle facing its resolution.

That obstacle?

Conflict fatigue“.

Click here to read the article recently published on the subject – quite interesting.

The world has a lot of work to do…Anyone advocating for an end to the conflict must be content with slow and steady progress and not expect a quick fix…In fact, this is true of most conflicts…Conflict fatigue only takes root when we forget that.

Expelled Agencies Returning to Sudan?

There are reports that four humanitarian groups kicked out of Sudan in March are being allowed to return to the country. The groups include CARE International, Save the Children, Padco, and Mercy Corps.

The Sudanese government expelled 13 agencies in total after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for President Omar al-Bashir. According to the reports, all expelled agencies can renew their operations in Sudan provided they register under slightly changed names and logos.

However (and this is a big however), the Sudanese government has denied these reports – firmly stating that “those that have been expelled are expelled” and “will not return to Sudan”.

Sudan Says Darfur Conflict in “Final Stages”

According to the adviser to Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, the Darfur conflict is almost over

The way I see the conflict, I see that it is in its final stages, I see peace coming…It’s not exactly and strictly around the corner but I can see it.

Is there credibility to the adviser’s statement or is it simply a PR move by Sudan?

Regardless, even when the conflict is “over”, the obstacles facing the people of Darfur impacted by the genocide will remain. The process of reconciliation will be long and wrought with physical and emotional scars stemming from the atrocities which have taken place. A lack of resources complicates matters even further.

When the conflict ends, the real struggle begins with those in Darfur working to get their lives back.

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