Canada Sudan

50,000 South Sudanese Children Could Die This Year Without Aid

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Impact
Kirsty Duncan

South Sudan, the world's youngest country, did not mark its third anniversary on July 9 by celebrating, but by struggling to survive what the United Nations (UN) recently described as one of the gravest humanitarian and political crises in the world's history. The question that begs to be asked is will the Canadian Government now provide a second round of humanitarian funding? Thousands of children are at risk of dying this year.

If Muhammad Was Alive Today They Would Arrest Him Too

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

It may be a crime under shariah but it is the legend of Muhammad who befriended Christians, Jews and Pagans, gave women rights, never persecuted gays and lesbians and spoke out against the rich, established tribes of Mecca. Where would he be if he was alive today? According to shariah law, Muhammad would be in jail, labeled an infidel.

Canada, Don't Forget About South Sudan

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Will the Government of Canada support the threatened peace talks in Addis Ababa by offering mediators to the warring parties and other stakeholders? Will it support civil society coalitions, which are working for reconciliation inside South Sudan? If the violence does not stop, South Sudan could slip further into ethnic conflict.

The Four Global Conflicts That Are Affecting Millions of Children

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

While the UN Security Council holds urgent talks and Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon urges dialogue to resolve the Ukraine crisis, other areas of crisis fall to the back pages of newspapers. Yet, four level-three emergencies are currently affecting children: the Central African Republic, the Philippines, South Sudan, and Syria. The three conflicts are claiming lives and childhoods.

Shame on the West for Ignoring Mass Murder

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 04.27.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

What have you heard about Burma, Tibet, Northern Cyprus? Even less than Syria, North Korea, Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. Don't look. Pretend it's not happening-or pretend that efforts at peace will work-if we just give it enough time. Rwanda took more than 100 days. The Jewish people waited five years. Syria has been in conflagration for three years. Talk. Talk. Talk. Well maybe there will be talk. But then who's listening. The media? There is a certain presence of an absence in far too many hot spots.

Canadians Urged To Leave South Sudan: Foreign Affairs

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.20.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government is advising Canadians in South Sudan to leave immediately amid violence that has killed hundreds of people.Foreign aff...

Slavery in Africa Is Alive, Well and Ignored

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Simon Aban Deng is a Sudanese human rights activist living in the United States. A native of the Shilluk Kingdom in southern Sudan, Deng spent several...

A Year of Independence for South Sudan, a Long Way to Go

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 09.17.2012 | Canada
Senator Mobina Jaffer

On July 8, South Sudan celebrated its first year of independence. Although the independence marked the end of over five decades of conflict, the future of its citizens remains bleak. Individuals living in this country are still unable to access even the most basic of necessities including food, security, shelter and education. As Canadians we must not allow ourselves to be distracted by the comforts that we are so fortunate to enjoy.

Food for Thought on World Refugee Day

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 08.18.2012 | Canada
Rosemary McCarney

There are an estimated 12 million displaced people on the planet at this moment and most of them are children. News of this came around the same time as the controversy surrounding Bill C-31, and the way the Harper government wants to crack down on immigration and refugees. But this World Refugee Day, let's be careful and conscious in our assessment of exactly who these people are.

Why is Our Public Discourse Aping Shock Jock Talk Radio?

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.07.2012 | Canada
Glen Pearson

I was in a meeting recently in which an MP accused the government and Stephen Harper of being "evil" and "the enemy." I have heard the Prime Minister use that language himself on more than one occasion. The hurling of insults across the aisle of Parliament has now become a pandemic -- no respect, no dignity, no results.

George Clooney and al-Bashir 2012

Glen Pearson | Posted 05.18.2012 | Canada
Glen Pearson

George Clooney reminds the world that the Sudan's Omar al-Bashir is a leopard who spots remain unchanged, a pariah who lives off the devastation of others. He makes Joseph Kony appear like a toy soldier. In this the actor has performed his role with a sense of urgency and acuity.

Biggest Story of 2011 for Me? The Uncertainty of the "Arab Spring"

Sheryl Saperia | Posted 02.26.2012 | Canada Politics
Sheryl Saperia

While observers optimistically described these events as the "Arab Spring," my colleague Clifford May has aptly remarked, "I don't see any red robins yet." Indeed, my co-workers have labeled these events more neutrally as "the Great Arab Revolt."

South Sudan: Steady as She Blows?

Samantha Nutt, MD | Posted 11.30.2011 | Canada
Samantha Nutt, MD

After decades of war, the transition to peace in the world's newest country was expected to be rocky. But in some areas, it's been downright apocalyptic.

Famine in Africa: What Is the Long-Term Solution?

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.07.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Western intervention and generosity are necessary and life-saving, but unless new practices that promote new methods of conservation can be ushered in, we'll be hearing of regional famines for years to come.

Time to Celebrate the UN's Hidden Victories

Glen Pearson | Posted 09.30.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

The real success of the United Nations can never be measured by what it's done or failed to do. I hearken back to former Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold's observation: "The UN was not created in order to bring us to heaven, but in order to save us from hell."

Sudan Independence Day: Hold the Line

Glen Pearson | Posted 09.08.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Sudan is either a phoenix rising or Icarus crashing for flying too high. I was there when the peace accord was negotiated and I recall the pessimism in Western officials. But they underestimated the resolve of Sudan's people. Hold the line on hope and a successful outcome.

Some Advice For Sarah Palin on Sudan

Glen Pearson | Posted 08.11.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

As someone who visits Sudan frequently, here's some advice for Sarah Palin as she plans her visit. Don't be another one of those politicians who did what was trendy and then never returned. Promise the people of Sudan that you're with them, come what may.