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Title:Southerners in a Northern City
Author:Woldemikael, Tekle M.
Periodical:Horn of Africa
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:minority groups
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Urbanization and Migration
Abstract:In the aftermath of the Addis Ababa Agreement, an increasing number of Southerners undertook often casual work in building and development projects which were largely concentrated in Northern cities. Drawing on sociological research conducted in the early 1980s, the author describes and illustrates the perceived experiences and attitudes of Southerners in Wad Medani, capital of the Gezira province and the second industrial, commercial and marketing centre in the Sudan where there is much migrant labour. His findings indicate a background of prejudice and tension. Southerners share similar views on Northerners, whom they regard as a people who are untrustworthy and who, as traders, exploit them. Most Southerners would like an independent Southern nation, though they see this as neither possible nor feasible.