Requiem for the Sudan
War, Drought, and Disaster Relief on the Nile
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Requiem for the Sudan by J. Millard Burr
Book DescriptionAfter a decade of uneasy peace, the historic conflict between the Northern Sudanese, who identify with their Middle Eastern neighbors, and the Southern Sudanese, who are of African heritage, erupted into violent conflict in 1983. This ferocious civil war, with its Arab militias and widespread use of automatic weapons, has devastated the populace. Nature has added to the miseries of war, bringing drought and famine to the already battered victims of violence. Although this regional calamity remains largely unknown to the outside world, the death toll among the Southern Sudanese far exceeds that in both Somalia or Bosnia. Over a million people have either perished or been displaced.This chilling account of the ravages of drought and civil war is based on a wealth of documents--never made public--from Sudanese government sources, private and foreign governmental aid agencies, research groups, international media, and other organizations involved in famine relief efforts. The authors graphically recount how the attempts of the international agencies and humanitarian organzations to provide food and medical relief have been thwarted by bureaucratic infighting, corruption, greed, and ineptitude.This rich narrative illustrates with great clarity the convoluted relationship that relief agencies had with the Sudanese government as they tried to negotiate the means of survival for the area's desperate population. It is a sad tale of the tragic human consequences of the failure of conflict resolution, of organizational mismanagement, and of a government hostile toward its own people.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813321219
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 26-Oct-1994
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - J. Millard Burr
J. Millard Burr is a former relief coordinator for Operation Lifeline Sudan, U.S. Agency for International Development.Robert O. Collins is professor of history at the University of California at Santa Barbara. J. Millard Burr is a former relief coordinator for Operation Lifeline Sudan, U.S. Agency for International Development.Robert O. Collins is professor of history at the University of California at Santa Barbara. J. Millard Burr is a former relief coordinator for Operation Lifeline Sudan, U.S. Agency for International Development.Robert O. Collins is professor of history at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
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