Famine That Kills
Darfur, Sudan 2nd Revised edition
By (author) Alex de Waal
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Famine That Kills by Alex de Waal
Book DescriptionWhen news of the Darfur famine in the '80s broke in the West, relief experts predicted that, without massive food aid, millions of people would starve to death. Food aid on this scale did not arrive, but millions did not starve to death. Analyzing the famine from the perspective of the rural people in the region who suffered it, Alex de Waal uncovers a number of new and important insights into the dynamics of famine and famine relief. The author argues that deaths during the famine were not due to starvation, but instead were caused by disease, which ensued in the aftermath of the social disruption caused by the famine. In addition, the priority for rural people during the crisis was not to try to save every possible life, but to preserve their way of life for the future. Consequently, he concludes, the huge international relief effort was largely irrelevant to their survival. De Waal's findings have profound implications, not just for famine relief, but for our very conception of 'famine' itself. Already a classic in the field, this revised edition Famine that Kills provides critical background and lessons of past intervention for a region that finds itself in another moment of humanitarian crisis.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195181630
(209mm x 134mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United States
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Darfur, Paperback (April 2008)» View all books by Alex de Waal
Darfur has become synonymous with genocide and humanitarian crisis. A guide to the conflict, this book provides a short history of the region, and traces the origins, organization and ideology of the infamous Janjawiid and other rebel groups, including the Sudan Liberation Army and the Justice and Equality Movement.
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Author Biography - Alex de Waal
Alex de Waal is Director of Justice Africa, based in London, and a Fellow of the Global Equity Initiative at Harvard University. De Waal is the author of several books on famine, human rights, and conflict in Africa including, Famine Crimes: Politics and the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa.
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