The U.S. government, in partnership with the U.N. and other international actors, should mark the tenth anniversary of the Darfur genocide by continuing to move forward toward accountability and justice for all the people of Sudan who have suffered under the Bashir regime.
The future of the CAR is naturally uncertain. For the country to become capable of controlling its destiny and asserting its sovereignty by preventing armed militias from entering its land, Séléka must avoid the mistakes of its predecessor.
The long-suffering people of Darfur will mark their tenth anniversary in refugee camps, wondering what they have to do to be heard by a world that professes to care about human rights.
A few weeks ago, Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir made major news headlines when he visited neighboring Chad to attend the summit of the Community o...
The visit of a president to a neighboring country should not be breaking news, unless the visiting president happens to be subject to an arrest warrant for heinous crimes and the host country is a state party to the Court that issued those warrants.
President Omar Al-Bashir will be visiting Chad this coming weekend to participate in the Summit of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States. The Sudanese president is subject to two arrest warrants for atrocities committed against his own people in Darfur.
The conflict in Darfur is not new, and despite some international attention and efforts by human rights activists to stop this ongoing (and apparently never-ending) conflict, it has ruined the lives of over a half million people.
This week Leon Panetta said America has "a responsibility to go after al Qaeda wherever they are." He was referring to U.S. efforts to assist the French in Mali. Yet, not that far away, the U.S. turns a blind eye to extreme Islamist policies and actions that threaten America's security.
The United Nations and other credible observers estimate that the wave of violence in Darfur may have killed as many as 500,000 people. We, as an international community continue to fail the victims.
Assuming that the remainder of this decade sees continued economic and political distress in the U.S. and Europe, African nations will be forced to address their regional disputes without resourceful allies to act as referee.
Nine years ago, in a calculated effort to ethnically cleanse the Darfur region of Sudan of its non-Arab population, the Sudanese government incentivized the Janjaweed militia to carry out a genocide.
The part of our trip that was most important had nothing to do with words or translators or statistics or dollars; rather, what was important was that we sat on the mat listening, touching, and being present with the women.
There's dust everywhere: on the ground, on our clothes, in our eyes and even in our rooms. It is desolate here. It feels like, if not God, then certainly the world has forgotten this place.
As much as I miss my son and am certainly ready for a meal that consists of more than rice and sauce and a day when I am not covered in dust, I feel very sad to have the trip end.
When humanitarian organizations provide aid to refugee or survivor populations, there must be thought given as to the impact of those services on the surrounding communities.
It is these workers who not only breathe life back into the bereft genocide survivor, but who also help that survivor re-ignite her own spark.