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Rebuilding Hope

Gabriel Deng, Koor Garang and Garang Mayuol fled Sudan as children when their villages were attacked. Pulitzer Center grant recipients Jen Marlowe and David Morse return to Sudan with these "lost boys" as they discover the fate of their families, establish a school, help a clinic, and discuss with the Southern Sudanese people their own thoughts, hopes, and fears for the future. Their reporting will explore the connections between the conflict in South Sudan and in other parts of the country, including Darfur, probing larger questions of identity and ethnicity.

Written & video journal of their trip, "Rebuilding Hope".

Recent Posts:
What does it take to get closure?
The Curse of Boundaries
Ethiopians, part two
Tolerance for Risk
Ethiopian refugees: a side story
Kakuma Camp
What it is like "on the ground"
Optimism and reality
Quick questions, difficult answers
The Road to Wau
Koor's message
Jen Goes Dinka
Gabriel Bol's tree
Where are the guys?
"Tradition" and who we are (continuation)
"Tradition" and who we are
Homecoming for Garang
Tomorrow is a Big Day
All in Akon
Koor and Garang
Will Gabriel be on the Plane?
Leaving for Nairobi
Ready to go

Additional information from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting about Jen and David and their reporting in South Sudan

Lost Boys of Sudan
Wikipedia on the Lost Boys of Sudan
Darfur Diaries

This section of our web site is dedicated to providing information about the continuing violence in Darfur and the Sudan. My interest in Sudan began with Darfur. Denied a visa in early 2005, I traveled instead to South Sudan the following December, and now better understand Darfur in the context of the North-South civil war. This may be the only way Darfur can really be understood - as part of an intermittent genocide that has been going on for more than twenty years, in which the primary weapon has always been starvation. Starvation is the specter haunting the 2.5 million displaced people of Darfur, who give hostages to Khartoum, and to slumping international aid.

This is why I recommend such sources as "War and Faith in Sudan" to anyone who wants to understand Darfur in the context of the larger genocide that has been going on for more than twenty years, as the ruling Islamist government in Khartoum tries to Arabize the whole of Sudan.

The conflict will not be "solved" quickly in western Sudan, in Darfur. Rebellion and violence are likely to spring up in the east and again in the south, wherever the Khartoum government marginalizes and impoverishes the people living in the hinterlands.

What can be done?

Armed intervention by a combined African Union/UN peacekeeping force is not viable without arriving first at a political settlement, expressed in a peace agreement. This will require the most vigorous diplomatic and economic initiatives aimed at bringing Khartoum and the rebels to the bargaining table. The Bush administration offered only empty rhetoric and idle threats. What is needed from the Obama administration is a robust and imaginative "carrot-and-stick" approach that takes into account China, Sudan's largest trading partner, and Russia, its primary supplier of aircraft.

Click on "our links above" to find ways you can inform yourself and take action.

Rebuilding Hope: A video by Jen Marlowe

David and filmmaker Jen Marlowe accompanied three "Lost Boys" - Gabriel Bol Deng, Chris Koor Garang, and Garang Mayuol - to their villages in South Sudan to deliver humanitarian aid and find out if they had family alive. The jounalistic part of their was supported by the Nation Institute's Fund for Investigative Journaism and by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. [See slide show here]

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