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    February 25, 2013
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    By Mickey Jackson, Student Director

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    February 21, 2013
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    Syria

    Syrian state media reported two mortar shell explosions near a presidential palace on T

  • February 19, 2013
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    This piece is by Laura Hackney, from Stanford STAND

    With the end of the ceasefire in 2011 between the KIA (Kachin Independence Army) and the national Burmese army*, fighting in the Kachin State has escalated across the vast province. Though peace talks have taken place recently in the Chinese border town of Ruili, the effects of this violence have destroyed lives and endangered the livelihoods of thousands of Kachin people living in the region.

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    February 14, 2013
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    Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is a key aspect in many conflict situations, and has been reported in all of our conflict areas. This week, in solidarity with survivors of SGBV and with #OneBillionRising, we are reporting on SGBV in DRC, Burma, Sudan, South Sudan, and Syria. We hope you will see the connections between all of the conflict areas. 

    Warning: Some of the content below may be triggering.

  • February 12, 2013
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     By Lindsay Woods, George Washington University STAND

    Gender based violence, human trafficking, rape as a weapon of war… All of these terms are internationally recognized euphemisms that belie the horrible situations they represent.

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    February 11, 2013
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    By STAND Senior Manager Kathleen Fallon

    “Tomorrow will be more beautiful.”

    This is the rough translation of “Bokra ahla,” an Arabic message scrolled onto the remains of a sandy-colored brick building in Aleppo.  Like many, many buildings in Aleppo, it is now no more than rubble on the ground. 

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    February 07, 2013
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     Syria

    Heavy fighting has erupted in parts of Damascus on Wednesday in what USA Today has called “some of the worst violence to hit the Syrian capital in weeks”. Activists reported the fighting is centered in western districts of the city.

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    February 06, 2013
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    By Mickey Jackson, STAND Student Director

    Almost nine years ago, a small group of students at Georgetown University formed the first STAND chapter (fun fact: back then, STAND was an acronym for “Students Taking Action Now in Darfur). Since then, thousands of students from across the country have built and led constituencies for atrocities prevention in their communities.

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    February 04, 2013
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    This piece, written by Raise Hope for Congo Assistant Campaign Manager Alex Hellmuth and STAND National Student Director Mickey Jackson, originally appeared on the Enough Project blog.

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    January 31, 2013
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    Sudan

    Sudanese authorities in South Kordofan have increased security measures on the border with South Sudan after the failure of talks in Addis Ababa on the implementation of security arrangements. Khartoum and Juba failed to agree on the issue of South Kordofan and Blue Nile rebels. The Sudanese government accuses South Sudan of harbouring and supporting them, but Juba refuses to discuss the issue saying it is an internal Sudanese affair.

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