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January 13, 2011

JAAC, Southern Sudan -- Angelina, 25, was nine months pregnant when Antonovs started flying over her village of Liet in South Darfur. Then the janjaweed militias arrived. Angelina, her husband, and their five-year-old son fled south, eventually settling in a newly formed settlement of displaced people in this remote village in southern Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.

“The running made my baby come,” Angelina said, describing how she gave birth during the journey, which took two weeks by foot.

“We had heard about fighting nearby...

January 13, 2011

The Satellite Sentinel Project is on a media roll, helping to focus world attention on Sudan in influential outlets ranging from TIME Magazine, CNN's "Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," ABC's "This Week with Christiane Amanpour," Al Jazeera, and BBC Arabic to pop culture...

January 11, 2011

The successful launch of South Sudan’s referendum is cause for celebration, but a lot of work remains, emphasized Senator John Kerry, actor George Clooney, and Enough Co-Founder John Prendergast at a press conference in Juba on the first day of polling.

A range of issues, including how oil revenues will be split and what citizenship options the Sudanese people—northerners and southerners—will have after secession have not been resolved. “We’ve got to invest immediately in the diplomacy to address the issues that divide the North and the South,”...

January 10, 2011

 

ABYEI, Sudan – This tense region wedged between North and South Sudan is a tinderbox. One spark could ignite renewed violence...

January 9, 2011

JUBA, Southern Sudan -- "I have been waiting a long time for this day," said a young man named Carter, standing in the intense, early morning sun. "Everyone here has, and we're going for separation," he said, gesturing toward the long lines of people around him who turned out to this polling station to vote in the South Sudan referendum on independence.

By the time the polling booths opened at 8 a.m., hundreds of people had lined up in the schoolyard at Bakita primary school here in the southern capital. "We came here at 3 o'clock...

January 9, 2011

On Sunday, as Sudanese voters participated in the first day of a week-long referendum on self-determination, CNN’s "Fareed Zakaria GPS" aired an interview with George Clooney and Enough Project Co-founder John Prendergast.

The pair of human rights activists told CNN (and as many as 280 million CNN-I...

January 9, 2011

High profile Sudan watchers and influentials are descending on southern Sudan for the long-anticipated referendum. Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter arrived in Juba as part of the observer mission directed by the Carter Center. They used the attention generated by their trip to urge the governments of both northern and southern Sudan to ensure that the rights of all voters are respected.

“I hope that [Presidents Bashir and Kiir] will continue to call for calm and ensure that all those who wish to vote, and who are eligible to do so, can vote freely...

January 8, 2011

Sudan is preparing to vote on January 9 to decide if the South will become independent from the North. The referendum is part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in 2005 ending the Civil War, which lasted 22 years and led to the deaths of an estimated 2 million people. Analysts fear the possibility of renewed violence.


Sudan is a huge country (2.5 million km2), with an estimated population of 44 million people, but it’s poorly mapped....

January 7, 2011

"Frankly, our team of policy wonks and super nerds could use an injection of MTV style,” George Clooney said today. And our Satellite Sentinel Project did just get a little hipper with the news that MTV and mtvU, the channel’s 24-hour college network, would team up to amplify the findings of the satellite imagery and analysis initiative.

The Satellite Sentinel Project kicked off on December 29, marking the start of the innovative and unprecedented collaboration between Clooney’s...

January 6, 2011

A new Al Jazeera video feature on the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, examines the prospect that the rebel group could become a particularly destabilizing force in southern Sudan during what’s likely to be a tense post-referendum period between North and South. Filmmaker Callum McRae reports from Uganda and South Sudan, asking whether the fragile situation in southern Sudan might present “the best chance for [LRA leader] Kony’s survival: a renewed role as a proxy for Khartoum, causing havoc in a post-referendum southern...

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