Chapter

Becoming Displaced

in Transforming Displaced Women in Sudan

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780226001999
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226002019 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226002019.003.0003
Becoming Displaced

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This chapter addresses the fundamental processes that result in displacement and the complex problems to which it gives rise. War as an act of aggression and dominance obliterates people's basic means of survival. Listening to the personal testimonies and reasoned analyses of a wide variety of Sudanese women about life in squatter settlements yields insight into the experiences and perspectives of millions of citizens whose voices and viewpoints are seldom heard. Women's experiences of destitution and distress during and after armed conflict in their communities of origin develop a strong desire for involvement in conflict resolution. The statements of suffering represent the sentiments expressed by many women surveyed regarding what it means to be an internally displaced person in Greater Khartoum. The scenes of violent conflict at Soba Aradi and on Black Monday did not lead to the mobilization of political violence elsewhere in the vicinity of Khartoum.

Keywords: displacement; war; Sudanese women; squatter settlements; conflict resolution; suffering; Greater Khartoum; Soba Aradi; Black Monday; political violence

Chapter.  16426 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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