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The concurrent crises in southern Sudan, Darfur, and northern Uganda have not occurred in a vacuum. Indeed, the current policy of trifurcation—of dealing with each separately—may ensure that war will continue in all three places. The Sudanese regime is adept at using one conflict to stoke the fire of another, and has often exploited the international community’s tendency to focus on one conflict at a time rather than taking a holistic regional approach. Khartoum’s support for the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in northern Uganda further destabilized southern Sudan and opened up a southern front against the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).


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John Prendergast

Founding Director, the Enough Project
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