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This news is a few weeks old but I just discovered it. One of the three leaders wanted by the International Criminal Court on accounts of various war crimes and crimes against humanity, Ahmed Haroun, was just named the governor of South Kordofan, the Sudanese region bordering Darfur, home to Nuba Mountains (a place dear to my heart), and the location of significant oil reserves. I'm speechless. An internationally wanted criminal, and why don't we just put him in charge of an area that is one of the main reasons for this mess? Brilliant.

Read the story here, if you can stomach it.

Did I mention that the national elections are supposed to be in 9 months? They probably won't happen then (due to an incomplete census report, but that's a whole 'nother story), but the fact that its even time for them, and the country is still in shambles, is tragic.

If you're interested in all this, this is a great website specific to the Nuba Mountains region that updates almost daily.