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Three Lessons in Repression from Khartoum to Juba

Civil society activists in Khartoum suffered at the hands of Sudanese authorities for decades, but there was hope for South Sudanese activists after the country seceded from the north on July 9, 2011. Most of South Sudan’s leading activists and journalists relocated to Juba, where they hoped to start afresh and contribute to developing their proud new nation. Today, almost four years later, South Sudan has crumbled into a war zone, and civil society is on the defensive yet again.

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Time to Let Sudan’s Girls Be Girls, Not Brides

Khartoum – Lawyers and rights activists are calling for a change in Sudan’s laws which allow for the marriage of girls as young as 10.

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Escaping military service and kidnap, one Eritrean woman’s Ordeal

When Fatima (not real name) escaped Sawa, a military camp in Eritrea, she had already been there for two long years doing the compulsory military training that is supposed to end after 18 months.

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In Sudan, women set the spark

The women of Sudan have had enough. On the evening of June 16, 2012, women dormitory residents at the University of Khartoum said, Enough is Enough. Girifna. We are disgusted; we have had enough.

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African Union must pressure Sudan to allow food aid into Kordofan and Blue Nile

On Sunday, heads of state from across the continent convene for the annual African Union Summit in Addis Ababa. Africa’s most pressing concerns will be discussed this week, but one looming crisis is missing from the agenda. Sudan.

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“Brazil could mediate between Juba and Khartoum”

The world’s newest nation, South Sudan, is seeking support from Brazil – the first country in the world to recognise the new nation – in learning the art of diplomacy and defusing tensions and persistent conflicts. continue reading »

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