Carter, Annan in Juba to Observe Referendum, Call for All Parties to Respect Outcome

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.

Epic South Sudan River Trip for Enough Photographer

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.

Rising Tensions in Abyei

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.

Video: Endgame in Sudan

Debuting in a blog post by Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times, a new video co-produced by the Enough Project and Not On Our Watch captures the precariousness of the present moment in Sudan, as the country prepares for a historic vote expected to split it in two. The video, "Endgame in Sudan," gets further mileage out of actor George Clooney’s recent trip to the South, where he met with people living in communities in the volatile border region. It includes footage from the village of Maryal Bai -- hometown of Valentino Deng, the protagonist of Dave Eggers's What Is the What.

Exclusive: Southern Sudanese Return Ahead of Referendum

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

Slideshow: Refugees Look Forward to Sudan's Referendum

With anticipation for the January 9 referendum on South Sudan building, Enough visited Kakuma camp in northwestern Kenya, home to 22,000 Sudanese refugees. Training of civic educators and polling station staff was in high gear, and word was spreading around the camp about the upcoming vote.

Kakuma first opened in 1992 to accommodate Sudanese fleeing civil war between North and South; some of the people we spoke to have lived there since then.

That Other CPA Exercise: Popular Consultations

As South Sudan’s referendum kicks into gear and Abyei’s does not, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states’ popular consultations – another important component of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement – are slowly moving forward.

As Politicians Talk, Movements on the Ground in Abyei

As international mediators push Sudan’s presidency toward a political agreement on Abyei in the hopes of giving the region a chance at peace, a flurry of activity is also taking place on the ground.
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