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July 1, 2011

“Welcome, South Sudan, from Your Northern Friends”

Posted by Cara Solomon

As South Sudan’s official independence day approaches, former Satter fellow Nasredeen Abdulbari, LLM ’08, reflects on challenges past and present in a compelling piece for today’s Guardian.  He also offers a message of hope:

“The past six decades of northern and southern Sudan’s relations, no one could deny, were difficult, painful and full of problems.  However, our two nations need to open a new chapter, as we both move into the terra incognita of tomorrow.

In the name of all northern Sudanese, who have nothing in their hearts for the people of the south but love, I say to the people of South Sudan what Martin Luther King and others from all over the world said to the people of Ghana the day it gained its independence from Britain: ‘We greet you. And we give you our moral support.  We hope for you God’s guidance as you move now into the realm of independence.'”

Nasredeen is currently a lawyer, academic, and lecturer in the International and Comparative Law Department at the University of Khartoum.  For an article on his time at Harvard Law School, go here.

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June 2, 2011

“Terror in Abyei”: Bec Hamilton, JD ’08, Reports From Sudan

Posted by Cara Solomon

Lawyer and journalist Bec Hamilton, JD ’08, has spent the past several years working in Sudan, reporting and writing about events as they unfold there. Here’s her compelling new article in Foreign Policy magazine about the days-long attack on Abyei town, which sits in a disputed, oil-rich territory between Northern and Southern Sudan.

She describes the government-controlled area as “eerily quiet” now, with homes burned and looted, and most of the civilian population gone.  South of Abyei town, Bec interviewed residents who fled the area, some of them separated from family in the chaos.

“Many sustained injuries as they ran,” she writes.  “Mothers tell of how difficult it was for their young children on a journey of up to five days with no food or water. Sunday Taban Lobaya, interviewed in the South Sudan town of Wau, said her two-year-old son died of dehydration on the way.  ‘I had to just bury him and keep going with my other children,’ said Lobaya, who is seven months pregnant.”

A Special Correspondent on Sudan for The Washington Post, Bec is also the author of a recent book, “Fighting for Darfur: Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide,” a years-long investigation into the U.S.-based citizen advocacy movement for Darfur policy.  And if that’s not enough, she’s a Pulitzer Center grantee and a Fellow with the New America Foundation.

Check out her Web site here and get inspired.

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