A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict.
Just as there must be accountability for Freddie Gray, there must be accountability for the crimes committed in Africa by troops sent by the UN. Neither the secretary-general nor anyone else can hide behind the veil of protocol.
President Obama made a promise to the people of Darfur: "We can't say 'never again' and allow it to happen again. As President of the United States, I don't intend to abandon people or turn a blind eye to slaughter." Well, Mr. President, that's exactly what's happening.
Sudan holds national elections in the coming days, including for the office of president. The result is a foregone conclusion, indeed to speak of the voting process that will occur as an "election" is deeply misleading.
Sudan holds elections in mid-April, including a vote for the next President. It is a foregone conclusion that the victor will be the same man who has ruled Sudan with an iron fist for more than twenty-five years.
We keep chasing crises. The international community -- humanitarians, journalists, funders, and general public -- go from one emergency to another, forgetting the ones left behind, until we end up back at an old one because... it's again a crisis!
Mothers like Achta will do all within their power to feed their children, but sometimes the reality is that it's just not possible. As a result, the children pay the price. The damage to their bodies and minds is irreversible.
10 years after the adoption of the Resolution, the situation has not improved and continues to be quite catastrophic: grave crimes continue to happen in Darfur on a daily basis.
These steps won't be easy. But we know that citizen activism can make change happen. As was the case in 2004, when an administration stalls on taking meaningful actions, it is up to citizens of conscience to take the necessary steps to ensure the people of Sudan are not lost.
The Darfur region in the west of Sudan was once a focus of extraordinary American civil society activism; there was also once regular international news and human rights reporting from Darfur. None of this is true now.
In a world rife with war, religious, racial, gender, sectarian, and political strife, when so many children lack safety, enough food, shelter, health care, and education and suffer unthinkable losses of parents to disease, violence, and war, I hope this New Year will bring adults closer to our common sense and moral responsibility for children's well being.
As the violence in Darfur accelerated through 2004 and beyond, it became increasingly clear that twelve-year-old girls, indeed all girls and women, were being targeted by the Arab militia forces of the Khartoum regime--the Janjaweed--as a deliberate tactic in a genocidal counter-insurgency campaign.
In an increasingly globalized world, albeit with local interests, where stories often break on social media before anyone has time to breathe, journalists and PR pros can't afford to be "geography challenged."
Living right by the beach in Southern California, I hear the word "radical" quite often. Sometime, since it's such a long word, it gets cut down to the even cooler three letters, "rad."
How can this Sudanese "Wannsee Conference"--made public by virtue of the leaked minutes of this extraordinary meeting--not be the occasion for the most robust warning to Khartoum not to pursue this campaign of starvation and ethnic annihilation?
The world has decided that attention is more warranted elsewhere than in Darfur and the other deeply impoverished and malnourished populations of Sudan. But it is shameful in the extreme for the UN to make it impossible for us to judge just how living conditions in Darfur really are -- statistically speaking.