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The Real Roots of Darfur
Description: The violence in Darfur is usually attributed to ethnic hatred. But global warming may be primarily to blame.
Date: 31 March 2007
Author: Stephan Faris
Source: The Atlantic Monthly
To truly understand the crisis in Darfur—and it has been profoundly misunderstood—you need to look back to the mid-1980s, before the violence between African and Arab began to simmer. Alex de Waal, now a program director at the Social Science Research Council, was there at that time, as a doctoral candidate doing anthropological fieldwork. Earlier this year, he told me a story that, he says, keeps coming back to him.

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