South Sudan: Forgotten Tragedy

by Peter Lam Both



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/17/2003

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 132
ISBN : 9781410719379
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 132
ISBN : 9781410719362

About the Book

If you take a ride from North to South in Sudan, you will be amazed, if not perplexed about what you would see. The South is left like a no man’s land where only birds and animals are easily noticed. You can hardly find evidence of people other than the burned thatched mud huts that used to be shelters for Southerners. The people have been driven away by the Sudanese government. The war has continued for almost 42 years now. The southerners are dying ‘en masse’ everyday. Reports about humanitarian tragedy in the South have been published, but no country in the international community cares bout the suffering of Southern Sudanese. The United Nations and the OAU (AU) have neglected the suffering of Southern Sudanese people. Southerners have gone and are going through an Islamic apartheid system orchestrated through the use of ‘Islamic Jihad.’ This book attempts to represent a voice for the voiceless in the hope that those who read it might know why there is a war in Sudan and convince their governments to do some thing about it. Southern Sudan is indeed a forgotten tragedy.

This book examines the North-South relations in Sudan politics from a southern perspective. It addresses the fundamental and immediate causes of the civil war, the role of the military in Sudan politics, the Southern Sudanese Liberation Movements and confusionism that beginning with Anya Nya I to the present.

The ethnicitization of power and politics and the illusionary peace deals are explicitly dealt with. The book also addresses the reasons why peace agreements in Sudan fail to materialize and what the international community can do to ensure that either side does not violate them.

The book also addresses the role of the oil companies in financing the civil war in Sudan. The principles of state-secularism and self-determination and the feasibility have been discussed. More importantly, suggestions to the international community and the Sudanese people on how to resolve the civil war have been suggested. This is a grassroots perspective from those that are affected and live through this terrible humanitarian tragedy in Southern Sudan.

About the Author

Peter Both was born and raised in Upper Nile Province, Southern Sudan.

He completed elementary school in Sudan. But due to the civil war in Sudan, he was forced to flee to Ethiopian border where he stayed as refugee for almost 11 years.

While refugee in Ethiopia, he continued his education and graduated with BA in Political Science and International Relations in Addis-Ababa University in 1996.

After graduation, Mr. Both took up a job with Refugee and Returnee Affairs department, an implementing partner of the UNHCR in Ethiopia, where he served as Assistant Coordinator for Refugee students.

Mr. Both became permanent resident in Canada in 1997 where he completed his Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. He is currently a Master of Social Work candidate specializing in International Social Development.

Mr. Both worked for various refugee agencies in Calgary including Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

His current publication is South Sudan: Forgotten Tragedy. He is currently working on a book tentatively entitled: International Relations of Ethiopia: the strategy of a developing state.

Some of his major research interests include:

  • Democratization and democracy
  • Good governance
  • African Politics and government
  • Revolutionary Movements
  • Social development at the international level
  • Government and politics in Sudan
  • Government and Politics in Ethiopia
  • Social Justice
  • Refugees and Humanitarian affairs