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January 1, 2011

The launch of the Satellite Sentinel Project captured the attention of national and international news media last week, and has been prominently featured in dozens of countries. Anticipation is running high about what will be revealed by the first satellite images to be released later this week along with expert analysis from UNOSAT and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Less well publicized have been our plans to roll out significant additional resources -- such as crowd-sourced reports from eye witnesses on the ground, and a series of...

December 17, 2010
A week out from the conclusion of the registration period for South Sudan’s referendum, domestic and international observers are beginning to agree that the process, though not perfect, was credible. This emerging consensus is a positive indication of the technical quality of the remaining referendum period and will serve as a strong independent counter to challenges to the vote that may arise. There are indications that the ruling NCP will take legal recourse to undermine the referendum’s results—likely secession—but a widely deemed free and fair registration process will reduce the...
December 16, 2010

Sometimes journalists working in chaotic, hostile environments uncover amazing stories. Other times, they become the story.

Veteran multimedia journalist Tim Freccia, who has been filing a series of dispatches from southern Sudan for Enough and Not On Our Watch, recently traveled to the town of Bor in Jonglei state. His goal was to link up with and document one of the barges that is traveling south along the Nile River bringing southern Sudanese living in the North back home ahead of next month’s referendum on southern independence.
 

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December 13, 2010

Woman registers to voteAt the Dr. John Garang Mausoleum in the heart of Juba, under a baking morning sun, two dozen or so men wait patiently in line to be registered to vote. A separate line for women lies woefully empty.

As South Sudan prepares itself for the momentous January 9 referendum, the turnout of women voters was low in the initial days of registration, despite the high number of ...

December 9, 2010

A digital clock in one of Juba's main roundabouts counts down to January 9, 2011 (Laura Heaton/Enough Project)

JUBA, Southern Sudan -- It created quite a stir when Secretary Clinton said publicly that South Sudan secession is “inevitable.”...

December 9, 2010

If war breaks out between North and South Sudan, Abyei will be at the center of the conflict. The North-South border region is becoming tenser by the day ahead of next month’s referendum on southern independence.

Like South Sudan, Abyei too, was granted its own referendum under the peace deal that ended the 22-year civil war in Sudan in 2005. But as the possibility of holding a vote for Abyei on January 9, 2011 fades, communities on the ground are growing anxious.

Veteran multimedia journalist Tim Freccia recently spent time in the contested...

December 6, 2010

Debuting in a blog post by Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times, a new video co-produced by ...

December 2, 2010

The following is the first in a regular series of multimedia dispatches from veteran journalist Tim Freccia reporting from southern Sudan.

Tensions are rising along the border between North and South Sudan. Many feel that this oil-rich region could be the front lines of Sudan’s next civil war if an independence vote does not go smoothly.
 
With nearly a month to go before the South votes on independence from the North, thousands of southerners living in the North are flooding back to their southern homelands in convoys of ancient, dilapidated buses...
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