Written by Francis Mading Deng

Preventing Mass Atrocities in Africa: The Case of the Two Sudans

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This chapter argues that preventing mass atrocities in Africa requires addressing the root causes of conflicts. It focuses on the experience of Sudan–South Sudan, which is, in many ways, a microcosm of Africa. The chapter argues that a crisis of identity lies at the heart of conflicts in the two Sudans, reflecting their failure to…

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War of Visions Conflict of Identities in the Sudan

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The civil war that has intermittently raged in the Sudan since independence in 1956 is, according to Francis Deng, a conflict of contrasting and seemingly incompatible identities in the Northern and Southern parts of the country. Identity is seen as a function of how people identify themselves and are identified in racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic,…

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Customary Law in the Cross-Fire of Sudan’s War of Identities

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This book chapter [in Isser, D. (Ed.). (2011). Customary justice and the rule of law in war-torn societies. US Institute of Peace Press] reviews the meaning and functioning of customary law in the cultural/historical context of South Sudan, by analyzing the fundamental and traditional values that underlie it. Download

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