Holocaust survivor and Museum volunteer Margit Meissner urged listeners to transcend politics and create an effective response to the crisis in Syria.
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On the fourth anniversary of the uprising in Syria, the Museum calls for effective and sustained efforts to end the horrific suffering of the Syrian people, who are in the midst of the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II and facing the threat of genocide.
In an effort to shine a light on the largely underreported and forgotten situation in the Nuba Mountain region of Sudan, the Museum worked with award-winning filmmaker Andrew Berends to support the production of Madina’s Dream, a documentary exploring the human dimensions of life in this troubled region.
This review tracks the major events over the past ten years in the lead-up to the current crisis, and examines the response of the international community.
For over two years, a humanitarian catastrophe has unfolded in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains as fighting intensifies between the government of Sudan and thousands of fighters from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North. Here is a report from the region.
Two new reports from Doctors Without Borders and Human Rights Watch begin to shed light on the gravity of the situation along the border between Sudan and South Sudan.
On June 13, the White House issued a statement confirming the Assad regime has used chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin, against the opposition.
A recent Human Rights Watch report describes crimes against humanity being committed against Rohingya Muslims in Burma’s Arakan State as well as organized attempts to ethnically cleanse this population.
As the war between the Assad regime and rebel forces continues, rising sectarian tensions are leading to more actors taking up arms, according to a report released by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The periodic updates from the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria paint a troubling picture of self-defense groups arising within Christian, Alawite Muslim, and other minority groups inside the country. The report describes clashes in areas formerly controlled by the government between rebel groups and armed "Popular Committees." These committees are formed by those minority groups—sometimes with direct government support—who are worried that the rebels will not protect their communities may take reprisal steps against them. In addition, it notes that newly forming rebel factions are increasingly resistant to positioning themselves under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army.
The Museum asked Pete Muller, an experienced photojournalist who has lived in South Sudan for three years and traveled repeatedly to the border region, to share his photos and report on the crisis.