Posted by Susan Shivers on 1/1/2014
    Published on Dec 20, 2013
    The Longest War: Sudan's civil war raged for over two decades. This film gives incredible insight into its bloody and violent history.

    For more information and downloads visit: http://www.journeyman.tv/?lid=56025

    This film chronicles Sudan's decades-long civil war, a violent mix of colonial legacies, religious tensions, and new found oil wealth.

    Sudan's civil war, which raged from the 1980s until a peace deal was brokered in the early 2000s, marks the longest war ever to take place on the African continent. Dr. Hassan al-Turabi, who served as intellectual mentor of the Sudanese regime for much of the war, states that "We have never known slavery," although many in the south claimed that the north launched regular slave raids into their territory. "There were times when the situation seemed quite hopeless," remarks Nhial Deng, former SPLM Secretary of Foreign Affairs, on the fitful negotiations that finally led to a peace treaty in 2005
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  • South Sudan's short-lived moment of hope

    Posted by Susan Shivers on 12/30/2013
    Published on Dec 20, 2013

    Hope For The Future: As South Sudan tumbles into another crisis, this short-lived moment of hope becomes even more heartbreaking.

    Darfur may dominate the headlines but in Southern Sudan, the story is more positive. After a 21 year civil war, peace seems to be returning to the region and refugees are coming home.

    The peace deal agreed between the SPLA and government gives the South greater autonomy. Now, millions of displaced people are returning. "They're our people. They have a right to be here," reasons Vice President of Southern Sudan, Dr Machar. But tensions between the North and South still abound. According to the agreement, the South was supposed to receive 50% of all oil revenues. But some claim this is not happening. "We have received very little revenue", states Machar. Militias, allegedly armed by the government, are still creating terror in the South. Despite this, people like Martha are optimistic. "I'm very happy because I've come home."


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  • ICG's Briefing on South Sudan

    Posted by Susan Shivers on 2/14/2013

    Check out ICG's briefing paper on South Sudan.  It's got great suggestions.  http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/africa/horn-of-africa/sudan/198-sudans-spreading-conflict-i-war-in-south-kordofan.aspx

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    Posted by Susan Shivers on 12/15/2012


    Watch Selim Afifi's video project to find out what's going on.  (2:28)
    Notice that Sudan's president refers to opponents as just "insects."  Ask yourself what you do when bothered by such a pest.  Chilling, huh?
    If you want to know more, check out Selim's PREZI.   


    Find out what all this means for ordinary people in the area by watching these:
    Amnesty International (5:17)
    Medicine Sans Frontiers  -- Doctors Without Borders (3:19)
    CNN Report: George Clooney testifies before Congress explaining why it matters to the US and China. (2:53)
    Want to know more?  Check the INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP.
    Click here for text of ICC's latest report on South Sudan.
    For background, timeline, and maps, click title to access ICC's multimedia presentation   SUDAN: PREVENTING IMPLOSION
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    Posted by Susan Shivers on 12/14/2012
    MUSIC VIDEO:  LIVING DARFUR (4:12) from MATTAFIX (Toby MacDonald Rhythms & Hymns)
    See the nation through the  people's eyes.
    Darfur is a region in western Sudan. An independent sultanate for several hundred years, it was incorporated into Sudan by Anglo-Egyptian forces in 1916. The region is divided into three federal states: North Darfur, South Darfur and West Darfur. Because of the war in Darfur between Sudanese government forces and the non-Arab indigenous population, the region was in a state of humanitarian emergency between 2003 and 2010. 
    The official music video for 'Living Darfur' filmed on the border of Chad and Darfur. Look out for Matt Damon in the intro!
    Check out CFR's CRISIS GUIDE: Darfur 
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