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[13 Jun 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
On the Eve of Independence, New Violence in Sudan

Danielle Prince
United States/Sudan
Editor’s Note: In January, Danielle wrote for Voices from the Frontlines about her experiences in Sudan and the women she met there.  We asked her to check in again because of new violence in the border region of Abyei, just ahead of southern Sudan’s separation from the north.
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Sudan is back in the news after taking a backseat to the domino action in Northern Africa and the Middle East and to Japan’s tsunami.  Why has the country recently resurfaced in the media’s focus?  Because people are fleeing and people are …

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[6 Jan 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Tea Shop Women in Southern Sudan

Danielle Prince
US/Southern Sudan
“Our vigilance is required to bear witness as this referendum happens and do what we can to support Southern Sudanese efforts for peaceful separation.”
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Sudan has been in conflict since their independence in 1956.  The southern Sudanese women I had the great fortune of working with this past summer are no strangers to war.  They are accustomed to this in-between state: a vacuum of peace left in war’s wake where conflict is dormant and civil stability on the horizon.  A …

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[18 May 2010 | No Comment | ]
With One Decision, and A Few Women, There Can Be Change

Zeinab Mohamed Blandia
Sudan
This is a follow-up to Zeinab’s story 2 weeks ago about forming the Women’s Solidarity Fund Group in her home of Nuba Mountains, Sudan.
“Women want to show that they have been released from their domestic pressures and demonstrate their deep involvement in the community. It’s not just women who have changed, but their husbands change too.”
Annually, we make a two-week visit around the state to see what the women in the Solidarity Fund Groups have accomplished. We go to the villages and see what’s happening in their …

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[5 May 2010 | One Comment | ]
Women’s Solidarity Fund Group: Innovation by and for Sudanese Women

Zeinab Mohamed Blandia
Sudan
“We try to unite women and have them work in solidarity. Women have to come together to share their knowledge and exchange best practices. WSFG is a good example of what can happen when you take ideas from different sources and share them. This model can work anywhere.”
I initiated meetings with other women students from my region, the Nuba Mountains. Our region has been devastated and destroyed by war for the past 20 years, with women and children being the most affected by the conflict. We …