Obama must engage more in crisis in Sudans

A woman sits with her infant on February 18, 2014 under a military truck at the United Nations Mission in South SudanPresident Barack Obama must take a more pro-active role in helping stop violent crises rattling Sudan and its restive neighbor South Sudan, experts told US lawmakers Wednesday. With deadly attacks leaving thousands dead and nearly 900,000 displaced from their homes in South Sudan, and tensions flaring between the two nations, experts said the time is now for a new “diplomatic surge” to bring greater US leverage to democracy-building and stabilization efforts in the region. Washington currently has one special envoy, Donald Booth, for both countries, but John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project, said the engagement “pales in comparison” to what is needed. Prendergast said Washington should re-engage to its high level of involvement during the peace push that led to the partitioning of Sudan into two independent nations in 2011.

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