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From Diplomat Artist: A committed friend & activist, Sharon Silber, asked me to share this link, “Act to Restore 2100” for World Food Day. It’s a wake-up call to take action & enlist the support & commitment from President Obama, Samantha Power, & USAID. –MORE–

WATER WATER EVERYWHERE – & NOT a DROP to DRINK? Is this where we are headed due to water as a weapon of war as during Darfur conflict in Sudan, urbanization, climate change? Truth: Nearly 2 million children under the age of 5 die every year for want of clean water & decent sanitation.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, new UN Human Rights Chief, & friend of Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey makes Syria & Iraq his top priorities. He blasts ISIL fighters as “Takfiris” an ideology that he calls “extremely narrow and unyielding” who annihilate those Muslims, Christians, Jews & others – the rest of humanity – who believe differently to them. Recommend checking the UN Link for his assessment of Iraq & Syria challenges as well as other global hot spots — CAR, South Sudan, Sudan, Israel, Palestine.

Blue Helmets Honored

“UN Peacekeeping: A Force for Peace. A Force for Change. A Force for the Future” theme as UN honors 106 Blue Helmets who died in 2013. Bosnian, Serbian, & Croatian troops from flood ravaged Balkans can contribute expertise in land mining operations & are among troop contributors from non-traditional countries which are on the rise.

UN Officials Appeal for Urgent Funding for Relief Operations in Sudan & South Sudan

Malnutrition, food insecurity, onset of rainy season exacerbate dire humanitarian situation. Children suffer most. With so many crises around world, Darfur is not getting the attention or global funding that it deserves.

Intensifying War Crimes in Nuba Mountains

The international community must take serious action now to avoid the second genocide in Sudan, if the Sudanese government plan is allowed to be implemented under the watch of the entire world.

Security Council Hears Criticism over 'Inaction & Paralysis

Fatou Bensouda also noted aerial bombardments & “pervasive & corrosive effect of organized sexual & gender-based violence” on women & girls, which remains seriously under-reported.

United Nations & World Bank Announce Joint Visit to Sahel to Tackle Cycle of Crisis

The Sahel suffered 3 major droughts in less than 10 years. It stretches from Mauritania to Eritrea, including Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal & Sudan. More than 11 million are at risk of hunger & 5 million children under 5 are at risk of acute malnutrition.

imagesDIPLOMAT ARTIST George Clooney accuses Sudan of Crimes Against Humanity. Don’t miss this insightful article from Digital Journal. Actor George Clooney and a group of genocide scholars in the U.S. have accused Sudan of committing crimes against humanity in Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions.

The actor backed his accusations by emphasizing that 26 villages were intentionally burned down during last month as part of a scorched earth policy. The information was obtained by the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP), an organization co-founded by Clooney. The SSP used satellite imagery to determine that around 140 square km were burned last month and claimed that these acts were committed by the Sudan army and police, with the support of the Popular Defense Force , in order to disperse the supporters of rebel group Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N). The Sudanese government has denied these allegations and claimed that it is protecting its citizens in the two regions. Clooney has emphasized that the current situation in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile is similar to what has occurred in Darfur and added that the international community must take strong action and ensure that there are clear and serious consequences for these crimes. The Sudanese government has also prevented international organizations from accessing South Kordofan and the Blue Nile regions and delivering assistance to those in need, leading agencies to warn of a hunger crisis as food supplies are shrinking. During the civil war, the SPLM-N rebels fought with the southern insurgents, but were left with Sudan, when South Sudan seceded under the 2005 peace deal. The rebels claim that they are fighting to protect their ethnic minority from governmental persecution, while the Sudanese government accuses them of inciting violence and mayhem on behalf of South Sudan. While the humanitarian crisis in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile is only intensifying, the international community seems only preoccupied with reaching a resolution for the border dispute between South Sudan and Sudan over the Abyei region, largely because of its direct connection with both countries’ oil production and exports. On Wednesday, Samuel Totten, a professor at the University of Arkansas, sent a letter signed by more than 70 scholars to the Atrocities Prevention Board, a U.S. panel created in 2011 by Obama to focus on the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities. Totten’s letter emphasizes that the situation in South Kordofan is just like that in Darfur, with the difference that currently there is no international outcry over the atrocities that are being committed there and no action being taken. The devastating effects of the fighting are clear. Some 250,000 have already fled Blue Nile and South Kordofan. Yida, South Sudan’s largest refugee camp, is experience in an influx of refugees arriving from South Kordofan, which have taken its population to almost 70,000. According to the International Rescue Committee, only in the past two weeks, more than 4,500 refugees have been registered at Yida. John Prendergast, co-founder of the SSP, has called on the UN Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council to pressurize Sudan into stopping the fighting in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile and into finally allowing aid to be delivered. George Clooney’s gesture to step out and publicly condemn the Sudanese government for its crimes against humanity conducted in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile will hopefully raise the international public’s awareness about the current crisis and determine individuals to take action, but also set a precedent for other international public figures to take a stance on this important matter and demand action on the part of their countries and the international community. There is a desperate need for an international acknowledgement of and reaction to the situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, in order to put an end to the crimes against humanity that are currently being conducted.

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Agreement has been reached between Sudan & South Sudan on resuming oil production & exports for joint benefit, (mainly via pipelines leading through the north). The deal was just signed today in Addis Ababa under mediation efforts of African Union & the United Nations after months of border conflict & a shut down of oil that has had impact on real economic growth in both countries.