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Conflict in the Nuba Mountains

From Genocide-by-Attrition to the Contemporary Crisis in Sudan, 1st Edition

Edited by Samuel Totten, Amanda Grzyb


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This book provides a comprehensive overview of the embattled Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, where the Government of Sudan committed "genocide by attrition" in the early 1990s and where violent conflict reignited again in 2011. A range of contributors – scholars, journalists, and activists – trace the genesis of the crisis from colonial era neglect to institutionalized insecurity, emphasizing the failure of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement to address the political and social concerns of the Nuba people. This volume is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the nuances of the contemporary crisis in the Nuba Mountains and explore its potential solutions.


"Not all injustices get the attention they deserve. It’s been the fate of the Nuba people to be both attacked mercilessly and ignored by the outside world. This book will introduce readers to a catastrophe that deserves to be widely known and for which a solution is desperately needed. I congratulate the editors, the contributors (including, refreshingly, Sudanese themselves), and the publishers."—Gerald Caplan, Ph.D. Author of Rwanda: The Preventable Genocide.

"This is an outstanding work that directs our attention to the situation in the Nuba Mountains, seemingly a permanent resident on lists of neglected crises around the world. Collectively, the contributors ably situate the conflict within its historical context, describing a cycle of political marginalization, rebellion, and genocidal response that continues to this day."—David Simon, Yale University, USA.

Table of Contents

Introduction Samuel Totten and Amanda F. Grzyb Part I: The Nuba People and The Nuba Mountains 1. The Nuba Plight: An Account of People Facing Perpetual Violence and Institutionalized Insecurity Guma Kunda Komey 2. The Dilemma of the Nuba Mudawi Ibrahim Adam 3. Sudan: The Islamist Project Gillian Lusk Part II: The Nuba Mountains: Mid 1980s-1990s 4. The Nuba Mountains, Sudan Alex de Waal 5. Quantifying Genocide in Southern Sudan and the Nuba Mountains, 1983-1998 J. Millard Burr 6. The Problem of Impunity: A Signal That Crimes Against Humanity and/or Genocide Are Forgivable? Samuel Totten Part III: The Outbreak of New Violence in the Nuba Mountains in 2011 7. Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement and How the Nuba Mountains Was Left Out Jok Madut Jok 8. South Kordofan State Elections, May 2011 John Young 9. The Nuba Mountains Crisis: Facts and Factors Siddig Kafi 10. Perspectives on the Blue Nile Wendy James 11. Who Will Remember the Nubans? The International Community’s Response to the Nuba Mountains Crisis, 2005-present Rebecca Tinsley Part IV: Eyewitnesses 12. Interview with Dr. Tom Catena, Physician/Surgeon, Mother of Mercy Hospital, Gidel, South Kordofan (Nuba Mountains) Sudan Conducted by Samuel Totten

About the Editors

Samuel Totten is a scholar of genocide studies at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He is the author and editor of multiple books about genocide, including Genocide by Attrition: The Nuba Mountains, Sudan and Centuries of Genocide: Critical Essays and Eyewitness Accounts.

Amanda F. Grzyb is associate professor of Information and Media Studies at Western University (Canada), where her teaching and research focuses on Holocaust and genocide studies, social movements, homelessness, and media and the public interest.

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