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Title:Uduk resettlement: dreams & realities
Author:James, WendyISNI
Book title:In search of cool ground: war, flight & homecoming in northeast Africa
Geographic term:Sudan
Abstract:Since 1987 Uduk speakers from the Blue Nile Province of the Sudan have been on the road, trekking from one place to another and sometimes back again as the tides of war have come and gone in the Sudan and in Ethiopia, and as relief and aid projects have waxed and waned. More or less as a cohesive group, the survivors have now travelled over 1,000 km and crossed the international border five times. This chapter examines specifically some contrasts between the way in which very similar, commonsense resettlement proposals which the author helped formulate for the Uduk were received by agencies and political authorities in two different places/times: first in Nasir (south Sudan) in 1991-1992, and then in the Gambela region of Ethiopia. It shows that, although the resettlement needs of this community, as they see them, have always been relatively modest, until late 1992 it proved extremely difficult for aid agencies and relevant political authorities on either side of the border to reach an agreement on and to implement any effective or lasting relief schemes. Many interests and organizations, caught up in overt politics in one way or another and angling for bigger fish and greater influence, were delaying and obstructing what could have been done. Bibliogr., notes, ref.