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Famine that Kills: Darfur, Sudan (Oxford Studies in African Affairs) [Kindle Edition]

Alex de Waal

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In 2004, Darfur, Sudan was described as the "world's greatest humanitarian crisis." Twenty years previously, Darfur was also the site of a disastrous famine. Famine that Kills is a seminal account of that famine, and a social history of the region. In a new preface prepared for this revised edition, Alex de Waal analyzes the roots of the current conflict in land disputes, social disruption and impoverishment. Despite vast changes in the nature of famines and in the capacity of response, de Waal's original challenge to humanitarian theory and practice including a focus on the survival strategies of rural people has never been more relevant. Documenting the resilience of the people who suffered, it explains why many fewer died than had been predicted by outsiders. It is also a pathbreaking study of the causes of famine deaths, showing how outbreaks of infectious disease killed more people than starvation. Now a classic in the field, Famine that Kills provides critical background and lessons of past intervention for a region that finds itself in another moment of humanitarian tragedy.

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...an interesting new preface in which he comments on events in the region since the early 1980s...a useful case study of the dynamics of famine. (Foreign Affairs)

About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2115 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Revised edition (17 Dec. 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052IQKSG
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4.0 out of 5 stars Major Study Of Famine & Crisis In Darfur 4 April 2007
By Chimonsho - Published on Amazon.com
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First published in 1989, this classic study is indispensible for understanding Darfur's current humanitarian disaster. The new edition places both famine and genocide in historical and regional context. Unlike instant books which often lack depth despite other merits, De Waal thoroughly grounded his research in detailed fieldwork and knowledge of this vast province. "Famine That Kills" brilliantly explores indigenous definitions of food deprivation and peoples' survival strategies, and substantively advances debates on famine beyond the entitlement thesis of A. Sen's seminal "Poverty & Famines." Alex de Waal is an uncompromising humanist; his work (notably "Famine Crimes") relentlessly scourges clumsy technocratic "fixes," government machinations, and the mythologies of aid and development. Not for the faint of heart, but well worth the effort.
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