Between 23 and 30 September 2005 the British Council organized an international seminar on 'Leadership in Civil Society and Promoting Transformation changes', which was held in Edinburgh, Scotland. Zeinab Mohammed Balandia, Director of Ru'ya Association (RA) and human rights activist was among the delegates who participated in this seminar and represented Sudan.
Ceasefire is a new collaboration between Abdel Gadir Salim and Emmanuel Jal, one of Sudan's most established musicians and one of its newest. The story behind the album - and the contrasting characters responsible for its creation is every bit as fascinating as the music is captivating, as Peter Moszynski explains.
Poverty is a common feature in many African states and it has a long history, which goes back to colonial days.
Today nearly three billion people all over the world go without the most basic things. We believe that everybody has a right to food and - decent clean water, shelter, healthcare and education. This means that day in day out, half the people of the world are struggling to survive let alone lead fulfilling lives," said the Pressure works. In Africa today, one child dies every 3 seconds because of the basic lack of safe water, healthcare, shelter or food the things we often take for granted," said, World Vision.
The first Nuba Mountains Democratic Forum (NMDF) conference was launched on Saturday 16th July 2005 in Den Hague city, Holland, a city which gained its outstanding reputation from the presence of International Criminal Court (ICC) in city. The conference was held under the slogan:"strengthening unity in diversity, in vision and political discourse" in the Nuba Mountains region. This first conference is considered an important step for a long political development to take place in the Nuba Mountains state. It is to strengthen the prospect of a just and comprehensive peace Agreement (CPA) in the Sudan.
Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer's approach to building peace in Sudan is an active, practical one involving day-to-day contact between members of Sudan's new government of national unity and top U.S. officials like Vice President Cheney, as well as frequent travel to the region.
The Nuba Mountains area is situated in the geographical centre of the Sudan and covers an area of 30,000 square miles. The area is inhabited by populations estimated to be over two millions and 61% of these inhabitants are indigenous Nuba. The other groups who share the land with the Nuba are mixture of Arab tribes, namely Hawazma, Meissyeria), Fellata (from west Africa) and Jellaba (merchants from northern Sudan).
The conflict in Darfur has deepened despite the new government of national unity in Khartoum and the increasing number of African Union Peace keeping force presence in the region. It is estimated that between 200,000 and 400,000 innocent civilians in Darfur have been brutally murdered in an on-going military campaign, which the United