South Sudan Overcomes Hurdle Ahead of Referendum

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.

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.

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Sudan Peace Watch – December 10, 2010

With less than a month to go, the government of South Sudan holds tightly to its referendum timeline for the South while the referendum for Abyei falls by the wayside, necessitating an alternative deal. Although the parties appear to be inflexible in their positions, a small amount of progress was made recently when the vice presidents of north and south Sudan signed an agreement on the protection of oil fields. Meanwhile, Darfur peace negotiations appear stalled as the government’s erstwhile partner, Minni Minnawi, abandons the 2006 Darfur Peace Agreement. 

South Sudan's Foregone Conclusion?

George Clooney: 'Stop a war before it starts' - Video

WASHINGTON, DC – George Clooney is appearing in a new Enough Project video, “Endgame in Sudan,” to urge people to take action that could help prevent a war in Sudan. The two-minute spot highlights Clooney’s recent trip to southern Sudan with Enough Project Co-founder John Prendergast.

The oil-rich South is scheduled to vote next month on independence from the rest of Sudan. Many analysts fear that this could plunge the country back into civil war. The North and South fought a deadly 20-year war that ended in 2005 after 2 million people were killed.

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.

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.

Sudan Peace Watch - November 17, 2010

Sudan returned to the international limelight with a ministerial meeting at the U.N. Security Council chaired by the United Kingdom and attended by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This high-level meeting coincided with the commencement of voter registration for the southern referendum, and the appearance of some progress on negotiations between the North and South, despite continued deadlock on Abyei and other issues.

Sudan Peace Watch - Oct 13, 2010

With less than 100 days until Sudan’s scheduled referenda for southern self-determination and Abyei, Sudan is at risk of renewed war, with dire consequences for civilians. The Enough Project is introducing a new feature, the Sudan Peace Watch. In these regular updates, Enough’s team of researchers and policy analysts will provide in-depth coverage of developments around the key benchmarks and potential flashpoints in the run-up to the referenda and beyond.

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