Refugee Policy in Sudan 1967-1984
Edited by Peter Woodward
256 pages, maps, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-57181-708-2 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (April 1999)
"an excellent addition to what is becoming an increasingly recognized topical seriesof monographs" · Dr. J. K. Rogge, United Nations Development Programme
"Unlike the author's untimely death, this book has come at an opportune time when the question of asylum seekers and refugees is being increasingly scrutinized." · Journal of Refugee Studies
Based on the work of Ahmed Karadawi, Refugee Policy in Sudan discusses Sudanese government policy towards the refugee flows from Ethiopia into the Eastern Region of Sudan in theperiod 1967 to 1984, arguing that there were two underlying assumptions behind successive governments' policies: that refugees were considered a security threat and a socio-economic burden. In response,the policies incorporated the Organization of African Unity norms, which offered a platform to depoliticise the refugees, equally with the international conventions relating to refugees, which assured the externalization of responsibility and access to aid. This prescription, however, ignored the dynamism of the conflict that continued to generate refugees - and, as numbers accumulated in Sudan, the international aid regime did not act as a willing partner of the government. The consequences of a sizeable refugee population revealed a serious conflict of priorities, not only within the Sudanese government of the day, but also between the government and aid donors - thus, the objectives of the government policy were seriously undermined.
Peter Woodward received his Ph.D. on Condominium and Sudanese Nationalism from the University of Reading where he is currently Professor of Politics. He has written a number of books on Sudan and has worked in a Sudanese school as part of the Voluntary Service Overseas project.