Darfur: A Short History of a Long War

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Zed Books, 2005 - History - 152 pages
Sudan's westernmost region, Darfur, sprang into notoriety early in 2004 when a war of hideous proportions unleashed what the United Nations called 'the world's worst humanitarian crisis'. For the last two years, the conflict has been simplified to pictures of sprawling refugee camps and lurid accounts of 'Arabs' murdering 'Africans.' Behind these images lies a complex story of a remote region of Africa. This book details the history of Darfur, its conflicts, and the designs on the region by the governments in Khartoum and Tripoli. It investigates the identity of the infamous 'Janjawiid' militia and the nature of the insurrection, charts the unfolding crisis and the international response, and concludes by asking what the future holds in store.

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User Review  - whitewavedarling - LibraryThing

This was a rough read. I've got no doubt that it's the definative text on Darfur and the history leading up to current conditions, but the book just wasn't written with readers in mind. Unless you ... Read full review

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User Review  - johnthefireman - LibraryThing

An excellent short overview of the war in Darfur by two old Sudan hands, Julie Flint and Alex de Waal. They begin by looking at land rights several hundred years ago, and this serves to highlight the ... Read full review


A History of Statehood and Ethnicity
Counterinsurgency on the Cheap
Roots of the Northern Janjawiid

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Julie Flint is an award-winning journalist and film-maker. Alex de Waal is a fellow of the Global Equity Initiative, Harvard; Director of the Social Science Research Council program on AIDS and social transformation; and a director of Justice Africa in London.

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