Competing narratives of land reform in South Sudan

Authored by: David K. Deng

Handbook of Land and Water Grabs in Africa

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  September  2012

Print ISBN: 9781857436693
eBook ISBN: 9780203110942
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When people were fighting for this land, there were no resources for fueling the war. The [Sudan People’s Liberation] Movement had to go to the chiefs, to the people at the grassroots level, and say, ‘Give us your children. Let them come. We will train them to fight for this land. It is their land.’ The return for their sacrifice is the services, protection, stability and peace that must be guaranteed by the government. The people are the owners of the land, not the government. If they refused to give their children to go and fight – to go and die – we would not be where we are today.

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