The staff of Ruya are continuing, from our new base in Kampala, Uganda, to advocate internationally on behalf of the Nuba people, to work tirelessly to highlight the desperate situation of South Kordofan and ensure accurate accounts of the conflict are distributed to the media. We are also co-ordinating with other NGOs to organise the Nuba diaspora in an effort to highlight the conflict and violence that is occuring in South Kordofan.
In December 2011, staff members attended the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region NGO Summit, focusing on sexual and gender based violence, organised by the International Refugee Rights Initiative (http://www.refugee-rights.org/). The conference focused on the challenges and opportunities presented to NGOs by engaging with sub-regional mechanisms and also allowed Ruya to forge a number of strategic links with other NGOs and interested parties.
Due to regional insecurity and credible, specific threats of violence to our staff members, Ruya is unable to return to South Kordofan. However, by April of this year we hope to have instituted a number of programmes in Juba, South Sudan that help refugees from South Kordofan. We hope that by the end of 2012 however that at least some of our staff may be able to return to Kadugli and resurrect our many programmes in the area.
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