Sudan: Underreported and Ignored

Francisca Stewart | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Francisca Stewart

The president of Sudan, Omar-al Bashir can more easily turn his back on his own victims than he can to outcries from the rest of the world. The second we consider the situation in Sudan as hopeless, the second it becomes so.

Bringing Up the Bodies in Darfur

Olivia Warham | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Olivia Warham

It is bad enough that the international community averts its eyes from the state-sponsored horror that persists in Darfur and elsewhere in Sudan... We compound Darfur's suffering by failing to use our leverage in the region to ensure Bashir faces justice at the ICC.

'I Wanted To Lie Down And Die': Egypt And Sudan Implicated In Torture Camps

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK

Hoping to escape poverty and political repression, tens of thousands of Eritrean refugees have fled their country in search of a better life. Inste...

Justice Must Not Be Dulled By Wrinkles

Jemma Wayne | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jemma Wayne

The time has come for the role of international courts to evolve and take a greater part. Our own governments must facilitate and demand this. And respond to humanitarian need. If the question is 'are we our brother's keeper?' the answer must be a resounding 'yes'.

A Deadly Sleight of Hand

Olivia Warham | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Olivia Warham

It is a tactic beloved of despots: while the world's attention is on one bloody conflict, you can slaughter with impunity elsewhere... Since mid-December the media has watched as the world's newest nation, South Sudan, has torn itself apart. Meanwhile, its old oppressor next door in Sudan is enthusiastically grasping the chance to "end" its own troublesome "rebellion".

Lessons From the Tea Ladies of Khartoum

Jaki Scarcello | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jaki Scarcello

This morning, as I sipped my breakfast tea, I read about the women and children from Sudan pouring over their borders to seek safety and I was reminded of an article I read a while back about the tea ladies of Khartoum.

The Real Significance of the New South Sudan Civil Conflict

Paul Reynolds | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Reynolds

The latest civil conflict within newly-independent South Sudan is a depressing, avoidable tragedy. This is a part of Africa that has already fought two 'civil' wars in pursuit of independence. It is chronically poor and suffers the worlds highest infant and maternal mortality - and female illiteracy.

Nelson Mandela and the Stench of Hypocrisy

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK Politics
Rebecca Tinsley

Politicians and journalists are falling over themselves to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela. Alas, the curse of having a good memory means recalling when the same politicians and journalists condemned the ANC leader as a terrorist.

When Will Africans Get the Justice They Deserve?

Olivia Warham | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Olivia Warham

As the African Union summit in Addis heaped contempt on the International Criminal Court, it is unlikely its members reflected on how rarely they act to protect African civilians from mass atrocities committed by their own rulers.

Sudan: Reform or Face Destruction

Olivia Warham | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics
Olivia Warham

Sudanese have plenty of reasons to demonstrate against the disastrous state of the country's finances; inflation is running at 40% and years of oil revenues have been frittered away. Beyond the capital, Khartoum, there has been little investment in infrastructure, education or heath facilities. Unemployment and under-employment have demoralised those millions who do not benefit from the crony capitalism that has sustained the ruling elite for decades.

Sudanese Youth Lead Storm Relief Efforts as Entire Neighbourhoods Collapse

Yousra Elbagir | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Yousra Elbagir

Dahabbaya Idris and her two young children share a single room in her mother's home in Al-Hilla Al-Jadeeda, a suburb of Omdurman, Sudan. Just a few houses down lies the rubble that was once her home, a mud house which completely disintegrated under the force of the heavy rains that have plagued Sudan over the last month...

Ten Years After the Baghdad Bombing the UN Must Do More to Protect Its Workers From Deadly Attacks

Ian Richards | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK
Ian Richards

We're no longer the same UN. We're more and more in conflict zones. And we've taken certain decisions that mean we're no longer seen as neutral. The UN flag is now a target instead of a shield. That means we have to change how we go about things, because right now our colleagues and their families are paying too high a price.

Independence, Maize and Huts in South Sudan

Agus Morales | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK
Agus Morales

In the last year, over 20,000 people have arrived in Aweil North, near Sudan, to escape violence in the disputed border region and beyond. Most are living in remote camps spread across the isolated region, struggling to survive and virtually cut off from aid.

Sudan and South Sudan: Two Years On

William Bain | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Politics
William Bain

The inability to work together effectively has cost Sudan and South Sudan dear. The 15-month oil blockade imposed by South Sudan in January 2012 brought both economies to their knees. Whilst the rest of sub-Saharan Africa saw annual GDP grow between 5 and 6% in 2012, GDP fell by a shocking 55% in South Sudan and nearly 1% in Sudan.

'The IRC Gave Me Courage'

David Miliband | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK
David Miliband

I just got back from visiting IRC programmes in Kenya. It was an inspiring and in some ways harrowing visit. The country is the heart of East Africa: when Somalia or (South) Sudan is unstable, Kenya feels the impact, and when Kenya is struggling, it impacts the rest of the sub region... The refugees I talked to spoke of fighting in disputed lands on the South Sudan/Sudan border, and long term violence against the Nuba people.

African Union at 50: Has It Been Good for Peace?

Phil Vernon | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Politics
Phil Vernon

At its onset in 1963, the OAU was a vehicle for pan-African solidarity at a time of liberation struggle. Its successor, the AU, is part of the international peacebuilding system. It has made a significant contribution to peace in Africa.

G8 or Too Late: Obama, Cameron and G8 Heads Must Tackle Ivory Poaching Crisis Now

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Politics
Philip Mansbridge

Today the illegal wildlife trade is worth in excess of $10 billion annually and the surging demand for ivory from the rapidly growing economies of China, Vietnam and Thailand resulted in over 40,000 elephants being killed in Africa in 2012, or one every 15 minutes.

Darfuris Need Peace Before Reconstruction

Olivia Warham | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Politics
Olivia Warham

This week Darfur 10 - a campaign led by a coalition of NGO's including Waging Peace - petitioned the British government to help stop the violence. It is a clear reminder that although we should remember the hundreds of thousands who have already lost their lives, the international community must be reminded of those still suffering the consequences of this decade long conflict.

How Much Longer Should Sudan's People Suffer?

Olivia Warham | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK
Olivia Warham

Given the dearth of media attention given to Darfur these days, observers could be forgiven for thinking the bombing, looting and raping is over. Yet, the aerial bombardment continues, as does the systematic rape of girls and women, and the destruction of villages seen by the regime as non-Arab.

Ten Years On: Why Darfur Is On Repeat and What Our Leaders Can Do to Stop It

William Bain | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Politics
William Bain

A decade has passed since the eruption of brutal violence and conflict in Darfur. In these 10 years, 300,000 people died and three million people were displaced from their homes, fleeing horrifying atrocities.

Naive Activism: Abuse of Women Is Always, Everywhere, Abuse

Jane Fae | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Fae

I know I can be naïve. Western-centred too. I write and campaign on a range of issues loosely described as "womens' issues" and "lgbt issues": but my focus, mostly, is on those things that go on in the UK, then Europe and, because of family ties, Eastern Europe.

Foreign Office Calls On Chad To Arrest Sudan President On Genocide Charge

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK

A Foreign Office minister has called on Chad to arrest Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir on war crimes, genocide crimes against humanity charges during...

Moving Towards a World Free From Female Genital Cutting

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Why in this present day does female genital mutilation or cutting (FGC) continue? For far too long it has been an issue that people have tended to shy away from, and in my view, neglected. But we can no longer shy away.

South Sudan: From Oppressed to Persecuted Press

Mading Ngor | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK
Mading Ngor

Imagine a child, born, eyeless; earless and mouth-less. Imagine if the baby was a country, so precious, so new, and millions of its people died for its birth. Welcome to South Sudan, a country where freedom fever is frying as an idea at the core of its founding, freedom of speech, comes under fire.

South Sudan's Runaway Government Needs Urgent Reform

Mading Ngor | Posted 27.03.2013 | UK
Mading Ngor

A new spirit has besieged the world's newest country. Its president, Salva Kiir Mayardit , in recent days, has decreed the unimaginable into reality.