Two Human Rights Leaders Inspire

Audience in Rochester NY

John Prendergast, world renowned co-founder of The Enough Project and Salva Dut, founder of Water for South Sudan, shared a stage at Monroe Community College in Henrietta NY, near Rochester on March 4th 2013. The event was part of a day-long set of activities sponsored by The Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Project, a student organization based at the College.

Prendergast engaged the audience to identify their personal "enough moment" - that moment that inspires a person to take action of whatever sort to make to a difference in the world. Using self-effacing humor and anecdotes, Prendergast offered a 10 point checklist of how to turn that enough moment into effective action. He noted that an individual acting alone is limited in what he or she can do. But acting together with others, even a few like-minded, committed people can make a movement that drives change for local or even global impact that helps others. He urged the audience to identify what and where they can help and get started, citing Salva and Water for South Sudan as an example of local action with global impact.

Prior to Prendergast's talk, Salva thanked the audience for how the people of Rochester, along with thousands of other Water for South Sudan supporters in 49 states, Canada, the UK, Australia and Singapore, have made a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese. He then gave an overview of South Sudan's progress and challenges as the newest nation in the world, comparing the country to a new-born baby that needs help and encourgement which takes time until it can stand on its own.

Dut came for the event and other activities from South Sudan where he now lives and works year round, overseeing the South Sudan operations of the organization he founded.


South Sudan sees northern border zone within a month

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir shakes hands with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn as he arrives for talks with leaders from Sudan in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa January 4.South Sudan hopes to establish a demilitarized zone along its border with Sudan within a month, paving the way for vital oil exports to resume, a southern official said Monday.

Sudan leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir and South Sudan's Salva Kiir met in Ethiopia January 5 & 6 to try to quell tensions that have rumbled since a flare-up of violence along the disputed border in April last year.

South Sudan's chief negotiator Pagan Amum said Juba and Khartoum had agreed to start establishing the buffer zone and another round of talks was set for Saturday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

Read more here.


South Sudan ready to implement cooperation agreement

President Salva Kiir recently sent a letter inviting his Sudanese counterpart, Omar Al-Bashir, to visit Juba and assured that South Sudan was ready to fully implement the Cooperation Agreement which the two heads of state signed in Ethiopia on September 27.

According to a presidential adviser the letter provides detailed plans of how the government of the Republic of South Sudan intends to end deadlocks over post secession issues.

"We are committed to implementing it. We do not want to betray our partners, especially those supporting resumption of improved bilateral relations to promote the idea of two 'viable states'," Mawien stressed in a statement to Sudan Tribune on Saturday.  Read more here.


Sudan, South Sudan pledge peace, seek investment

Sudan and South Sudan have pledged to work together to rebuild their shattered economies and not to return to war in a joint plea for foreign investment after signing a critical trade and border agreement last month.

On October 10, in their first high-profile appearance together since signing the deals, ministers from the two countries told an investment conference in Vienna they would work to make peace.  Read more here.

In other news, on October 7 Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir ordered land and river border crossings with South Sudan reopened, official radio said, a sign that perhaps tensions are easing between the neighbors.  Read more here.


Sudan & South Sudan sign partial agreement

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, left, and South Sudan President Salva Kiir, right, shake hands on the completion of a signing ceremony after the two countries reached a deal on economic and security agreements in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sept. 27, 2012.Sudan and South Sudan have reached a deal on border security and oil production that will allow oil exports from South Sudan through Sudan to resume, say spokesmen for both sides.

The leaders of the two neighbouring countries made the partial breakthrough on September 27 after four days of talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

But a number of key issues remain unresolved, including disputed regions.  World leaders are welcoming the cooperation agreements signed by Sudan and South Sudan, and urging the sides to keep working to resolve other disputes.  Read more here.