Below is an excerpt from an op-ed by Mike Brand just published by IRIN: “There are no opportunities for youth here,” said Yar, a 20-year-old South Sudanese refugee from Jonglei, stuck in the Nyumanzi refugee settlement in northern Uganda. Her words we... read more
Mike is Director of Advocacy and Programs at Jewish World Watch.
On Friday Oct. 6, the Trump administration decided to lift economic sanctions on the genocidal regime in Sudan citing, “the Government of Sudan’s sustained positive actions to maintain a cessation of hostilities in conflict areas in Sudan, improve hum... read more
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told Congress he plans to eliminate the offices of the Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, as well as the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Over the years, as a supporter of Jewish World Watch, y... read more
**JWW’s Director of Advocacy and Programs, Mike Brand, is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) visiting JWW’s partner programs, speaking with civil society leaders on the forefront of the pro-democracy movement, and meeting with officials fro... read more
I’m back in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) visiting JWW’s partner programs, speaking with civil society leaders on the forefront of the pro-democracy movement, and meeting with officials from MONUSCO...
If you ever wonder whether or not our advocacy makes a difference, here’s your answer: it does! Thanks to the grassroots advocacy done by all of you, and the high-level advocacy we are able to do from our office and in Washington, DC, we m... read more
The Guardian reported on Feb. 8 that President Trump is expected to sign a memorandum that would suspend Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act, the conflict minerals provision established in 2010 to break the link between minerals and mass atrocities in the... read more
A deal has been reached in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for President Joseph Kabila to step down from power, paving the way for the country’s first democratic transfer of power. While the deal is clearly a welcomed alternative to Kabila st... read more
What do South Sudanese See as the Way Forward? It has now been three years since violence first broke out in the world’s newest nation. What began as a fight between different factions of the Presidential Guard on December 15, 2013, quickly grew into a ... read more