On Sunday, my colleague Dan Sullivan and I will leave for a two week trip to Ethiopia and South Sudan. After researching and advocating on Sudan and South Sudan for more than two years, I am very excited to have the opportunity to finally travel to the region.
I am looking forward to this experience and I hope that our trip will help draw public attention to the ongoing atrocities that the people of Sudan and South Sudan are forced to endure.
We will be attending a short workshop on the outskirts of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa and then traveling to Juba, South Sudan to learn more about ongoing fighting in Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile state.
We hope to travel to Yida refugee camp on the border of Sudan where more than 20,000 civilians from South Kordofan have fled to hear more about their experiences and find out what we here in the United States can do to help.