Acclaimed scholar and author of the recently published Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics and the War on Terror, Mahmood Mamdani, discusses how reporting of the conflict in Darfur reproduces the spurious ethnic categories of British colonialism and argues that the story of the “Arab” presence in Sudan is much more complicated.
“I first went to Sudan in 2003, the year that the insurgency began in the Darfur region of the country. Very quickly, I began to notice something distinctive in the way the western press reported the conflict in the province. I had written a book on the genocide in Rwanda, and academic papers on the conflicts in eastern Congo and Angola. The global media had treated those events as if they had unfolded in the dark of the night. But not Darfur. Darfur was globalised from the outset and was made the subject of a media blitz.
There was an obvious reason for this. Darfur – unlike Congo, Angola and Rwanda – was the focus of a political campaign in the United States, the Save Darfur movement. But one of the effects of its becoming a domestic issue in the US was a series of distortions of the historical record…”
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