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March 18, 2011

As Sudan’s northern and southern governments hurl accusations about who is responsible for recent flare-ups along the disputed border, U.N. officials issued a principled reminder to both governments of their responsibility to protect their people. In a joint statement issued yesterday, the U.N. secretary general’s advisers on genocide prevention and the responsibility to protect, Francis Deng and Edward Luck, reiterated common concerns among...

March 18, 2011

In a segment on PBS NewsHour last night, Tom Bearden reported on the Satellite Sentinel Project’s use of imagery from space to track and document the deliberate razing of villages in the Abyei region of Sudan.

PBS NewsHour visited DigitalGlobe's satellite control room and analysis center in Colorado and sat down with the Enough Project’s Jonathan Hutson to discuss the significance of having private satellite companies monitor violence in Sudan in real-time. Hutson explained:

We’re not telling the president...

March 15, 2011

By Don Cheadle and John Prendergast

There is a moment in every global crisis where things no longer seem new and dynamic. Where hope for a solution is replaced with uncertainty, which morphs into cynicism, despair, or even indifference. Many people who were such enthusiastic supporters of building a movement to end the genocide in Darfur have gone through some of these stages, frustrated by the lack of a resolution of the crisis there.

As one of our former presidents used to say, "We feel your pain." But people are still dying in Darfur....

March 14, 2011

The Enough Project has released a video statement from an eye witness of the razing of Maker Abior village who said he saw combatants wearing SAF uniforms as well as other armed actors who appeared to be Janjaweed.

“Arabs attacked the village. Some were wearing SAF uniforms. Some were dressed like Janjaweed,” said Kuol Alor Kuol, a 73-year-old eye witness and resident of the village. “We will stay here because it is our land. This is our ancestors’ land.”
 

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March 11, 2011

New military fortifications and positions have been established inside the Abyei region by armed actors linked to both North and South Sudan, respectively, according to new satellite imagery and analysis from the Satellite Sentinel Project. These new developments follow outbreaks of violence and the burning down of three villages in Abyei last week, raising the prospect of...

March 8, 2011

Last week, as militants torched three villages in the contested region of Abyei, Satellite Sentinel Project captured the first images confirming reports that the villages were deliberately burned.

Now the Enough Project has obtained video footage taken from the razed villages of Maker Abior and Todach soon after the attack. The video shows huts still smoldering and dead bodies of southern police being loaded into the back of a pickup truck.

The on-the-ground footage, combined with DigitalGlobe imagery taken for the...

March 7, 2011

In the aftermath of a wave of violence in Abyei that left over 100 dead and saw the systematic burning of three villages just north of Abyei town, tens of thousands of civilians have fled while residents still in town are angry, disillusioned, and anxious, according to on-the-ground reporting and visuals from Enough photographer Tim Freccia. Freccia, who has been based in Abyei since violence broke out early last week, reports that the situation in the contested and highly-volatile border region today is relatively quiet, if fraught with tension.

In footage shot by Freccia,...

March 2, 2011

Four straight days of intense fighting in Abyei region continued into today, a strong reminder that a political solution to the region’s highly disputed status is urgently needed. Fear of violence spreading has prompted large numbers of residents in Abyei town to begin to leave, according to an Enough Project source in Abyei.

Like most incidents in Abyei, the details of the fighting—motivations, who and what caused the conflict to spark, and numbers dead—vary widely according to who is talking. Enough sources on the ground received unconfirmed reports from...

February 23, 2011

George Clooney in southern Sudan with an elderly woman. Photo by Enough Project/Tim Freccia.

A “21st century statesman” is what Newsweek is calling actor George Clooney for his long-standing efforts to push for high political engagement in Sudan—the most recent...

February 17, 2011

Sitting in his office in D.C., Enough’s John Prendergast took part in the video series Tea with The Economist, recently featured on the magazine’s website. The conversation focuses on the Sudan referendum and division of Africa’s largest country, with an emphasis on how the U.S. and China’s objectives coalesced to help bring about a peaceful vote in the South that was quickly accepted by the northern ruling party.

A key quote from Prendergast:

“We [the United States] don’t always have to lecture China; it...

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