Today is World Human Rights Day and is the 20th year to mark this very important event to advance humanity. But to this day millions of children are caught in a viscous cycle of armed conflicts and are exposed to the most egregious forms of violence, deprived of health care and an education.
It's all about coming together. If that happens, hunger can be defeated.
There was a time when Mr. Obama expressed outrage over the mass murder and aerial bombardment of civilians in the Darfur region of western Sudan. Now President Obama has joined that silence.
A spiral of deadly violence engulfed Sudan last week. Nearly 200 peaceful protesters were killed in protests that started in Darfur and swept across the country, including Khartoum.
How can people make efforts towards peace when root causes have not been addressed? How can people begin to reconstruct their families and their livelihoods when they are in limbo between Sudan and South Sudan, not knowing on which side of the recently redrawn border their land will belong?
The aim of peacebuilding is peace, not strategic advantage. It's not an "international chess game" or any other sort of game. It's basic humanity.
Two years after Sudan split, the important central border region of Abyei remains contested between the governments and communities of a divided Sudan and a newly independent South Sudan.
Later this year a movie about the Lost Boys starring Reese Witherspoon will be in a theater near you. Millions will go see the movie, hear the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan, cry and say "Where were we? How did this happen?"
On July 12, more than 550 Youth Delegates from around the world convened at UN headquarters in New York to honor Malala Yousafzai's bravery and reaffirm their support for the right of every child to be in school and learning by 2015. I had the humbling opportunity to be part of this global youth effort.
South Sudan's initiation into the ranks of sovereign nation-states has at times been a baptism by fire. But the people of South Sudan will put aside setbacks on July 9 and celebrate the second anniversary of their hard-won independence.
The people of South Sudan have taught us a powerful lesson: never surrender to pessimism. Their resilience, which brought them an independent country, has also helped South Sudan overcome the daunting challenges of going through eighteen long months virtually without government revenues.
Uhuru Kenyatta's disputed election to the presidency of Kenya earlier this month raises a host of questions regarding its legality, Kenyatta's indictment at the International Criminal Court (ICC), and whether Kenya will become isolated as a result.
Countries like South Sudan struggling to deliver quality education are exactly why we created the solar-powered Lifeplayer MP3 in the first place. Our Lifeplayers have arrived in the country and so have I, to train in their use and care.
Let us do what we can to make sure that the future girls of South Sudan will have opportunities their mothers only could dream of. And let us hope that these girls will become the backbone of the new nation.
As we celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th, governments around the world should honor girls by giving them the tools they need to grow into the healthy, educated, economically independent women they have the potential to be.
My father was a Commander for the Sudanese People's Liberation Army. He ordered hundreds of children to be taken by force from their families. Parents were becoming upset and as a result, my father sent me out as an example.