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Bascom - Chapter 04

Bascom - Chapter 04 BascomLosing_04
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Buy and Download > Description In the late 1930s, a group of Sudanese immigrated across the Atbara River and founded a new settlement fifty kilometers from the Ethiopian border.1 The village name, Wad el Hileau or "Son of the Sweet," was chosen either to honor the place from which they came (Es Sufi) or the "sweet" environment afforded by the waters of the nearby Setit River. This rural village would become home to the largest concentration of unassisted refugees in eastern Sudan. Its sixty-year story provides an ideal window through which to see interwoven dynamics between refugees and rural transformation. This chapter has several parts. The first half focuses on Wad el Hileau's attractiveness as a site for incoming refugees to settle and for wealthy Sudanese to appropriate large chunks of land (and cheap labor) for rainfed schemes. The latter half of the chapter is concerned with state support for the expansion of rainfed schemes and the commodification of refugee labor. It gives special attention to wage labor and concomitant opportunities for reaping substantial profits. In the late 1930s, a group of Sudanese immigrated across the Atbara River and founded a new settlement fifty kilometers from the Ethiopian border.1 The village name, Wad el Hileau or "Son of the Sweet," was chosen either to honor the place from wh
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