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USE AS REFRENCE MATERIAL ONLY News Diary Resettlement or Land Grab? LATimes 8/12/07 This article focuses on the vacant land in Sudan due to the massive allocation of people in refugee camps. I chose this article for two reasons. First, Sudan and its inherent social catastrophe, particularly the Darfur “genocide”, has been the topic of political discussion for months and second, it was nice to see a headline not focused on Sudanese death. However, while it may not be death, the article is sadly still based on conflict. While the original inhabitants of Tulus, Sudan were virtually extradited from their homes in 2004 by Sudanese janjaweed militia, their land has remained unoccupied until now. Chadian Arabs have decided to squat in Tulus after a nomadic migration from their homelands to Sudan. They are coming by tens of thousands, as many as 30,000 have been reported to have crossed the border into Sudan in the past six months. Beyond the obvious problem of falsely claimed property, there are also more subtle mixed emotions of Sudanese civilians reported by the times: “Sudanese Arab leaders in West Darfur are welcoming the Chadian Arabs” while another farmer thinks “this is a government plot to give our land to Chadian Arabs”. I don’t’ know how the Sudanese government is going to peacefully manage a transfer of land back to the initial inhabitants, especially without clear property right laws. Then again, it’s not a guarantee that the original inhabitants will be returning with easily over 200,000 deaths since the Darfur crisis began. From a realist Chadian perspective, Chad has just expanded its border, and given ripe fertile land to 30,000 happy Chad citizens. One report claims the immigrants are being photographed for ID’s which would legitimize the Chadian right to the squatted land, however the UN claims it can’t validate that report. Either way, there will be some conflict that goes down if the Sudanese ever return, it’s not like the Chadians had somewhere better to go in the first place.
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The most interesting thing is that Abu Gasim Imam, former rebel (a guy who just started conflict in Sudan a matter of a few years ago) has decided to throw 1,000 armed “peace keeping troops” at the problem. If I were on either side of the conflict, I’m thinking “ok, arms race, time to get guns” the peace keeping troops won’t do anything, as they haven’t done before in situations like Rwanda, and the beginning of Darfur. The troops find it acceptable to let them kill each other, as long as they don’t start problems with the “blue hats”. Anyway, I think they should do exactly what the UN is pressing Sudanese government to do; “reaffirm property rights”! Establishing an executable law is the only way to peacefully resolve such a situation under proper jurisdiction for the Sudanese officials. After all the
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