Darfur: A Short History of a Long War by Julie Flint, Alex De Waal (Paperback, 2005)
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- DescriptionSudan's westernmost region, Darfur, sprang from oblivion into sudden toriety early in 2004, when a war of hideous proportions unleashed what the United Nations called 'the world's worst humanitarian crisis' and the United States labelled 'gecide.' For the last two years, the conflict has been simplified to pictures of immense sprawling refugee camps and lurid accounts of 'Arabs' murdering 'Africans.' Behind these images lies a complex and fascinating story of a unique and remote region of Africa, home to Muslim peoples with a unique history. In the 20th century, Darfur became synymous with poverty and neglect, culminating in famine and a series of undeclared and unackwledged wars in the 1980s and '90s. This book details the history of Darfur, its conflicts, and the designs on the region by the governments in Khartoum and Tripoli. Much of the story of the war in Darfur has remained untold until w. This book investigates the identity of the infamous 'Janjawiid' militia, tracing its origins, organization and ideology. It inquires into the nature of the insurrection launched by two rebel groups, the radical Sudan Liberation Army and the more Islamist-oriented Justice and Equality Movement. It charts the unfolding crisis and the confused international response, including the African Union's first major venture into peacemaking and peacekeeping. The book concludes by asking what the future holds in store for Darfur.
- Author BiographyAlex de Waal is a writer and activist on African issues. He 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. In his twenty-year career, he has studied the social, political and health dimensions of famine, war, genocide and the HIV/AIDS epidemic, especially in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes. He has been at the forefront of mobilizing African and international responses to these problems. His books include, 'Famine that Kills: Darfur Sudan,' (Oxford, first edition 1989, revised 2004), 'Famine Crimes: Politics and the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa,' (James Currey 1997) and 'Islamism and Its Enemies in the Horn of Africa,' (Hurst, 2004). Julie Flint is a journalist and film-maker who divides her time between London and the Middle East. In a thirty-year career, she has worked on four continents, from Colombia to China, and won awards for newspapers, radio and television. She has been writing about Sudan since 1992, initially as Horn of Africa correspondent for the Guardian and later as a freelance with a special interest in human rights. She has written extensively on the Nuba of Sudan, the oil war in southern Sudan and, most recently, Darfur. Her work includes 'Sudan's Secret War' (BBC2 1995), The Scorched Earth (Christian Aid 2000) and Darfur Destroyed (Human Rights Watch 2004).
- Author(s)Alex De Waal,Julie Flint
- PublisherZed Books Ltd
- Date of Publication01/09/2005
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleAfrican Arguments
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 1
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintZed Books Ltd
- Out-of-print date07/07/2008
- Content NoteIllustrations, maps
- Weight200 g
- Width130 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine11 mm
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