A New History of a Long War

Julie Flint and Alex de Waal

Revised and Updated Edition


Darfur has become synonymous with genocide and humanitarian crisis. A guide to the conflict, this book provides a short history of the region, and traces the origins, organization and ideology of the infamous Janjawiid and other rebel groups, including the Sudan Liberation Army and the Justice and Equality Movement.
Written by two authors with unparalleled first-hand experience of Darfur, this is the definitive guide. Newly updated and hugely expanded, this edition details Darfur's history in Sudan. It traces the origins, organization and ideology of the infamous Janjawiid and rebel groups, including the Sudan Liberation Army and the Justice and Equality Movement. It also analyses the brutal response of the Sudanese government. The authors investigate the responses by the African Union and the international community, including the halting peace talks and the attempts at peacekeeping. Flint and de Waal provide an authoritative and compelling account of contemporary Africa's most controversial conflict.

Author Bio

Alex de Waal is a writer and activist on African issues. He is a programme director at the Social Science Research Council, a fellow of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and a director of Justice Africa. His books include Famine that Kills: Darfur, Sudan (1989), Famine Crimes: Politics and the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa (1997), Islamism and Its Enemies in the Horn of Africa (2004) and Aids and Power: Why There is No Political Crisis - Yet (2006)

Julie Flint is a journalist and film-maker. She divides her time between London and the Middle East. She has worked on from Colombia to China and has won several awards. She has been writing about Sudan since 1992, initially as Horn of Africa correspondent for The Guardian and later as a freelance with a special interest in human rights. Her work includes the BBC film Sudan's Secret War (1995) and The Scorched Earth (2000) and Darfur Destroyed (2004).

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Maps
  • Chronology
  • Glossary
  • Dramatis Personnae
  • Preface to Second Edition
  • 1. The People of Darfur
  • 2. The Sudan Government
  • 3. The Janjiwiid
  • 4. The Rebels
  • 5 . A War of Total Destruction, 2003-04
  • 6. Wars within Wars, 2005-06
  • 7. International Reaction
  • 8. The Abuja Peace Talks
  • 9. Endless Chaos
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index


'Disentangling myth from reality in Darfur is so difficult that the credentials of those who judge events there are particularly important. Those of both authors of this ... work are excellent'
'A masterpiece.'
Sudan - The Passion of the Present http://platform.blogs.com/passionofthepresent/2005/11/the_word_is_gen.html

'This brilliant book is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the complex history of Darfur and how the very name became synonymous with suffering.'
Mia Farrow

'Alex de Waal and Julie Flint have written the definitive history of the Darfur conflict. Very detailed and thoroughly documented from first hand sources, the book will quickly become a classic and will correct some of the outside misperceptions of who did what to whom and why. They have written a balanced account of a very disturbing story, made more confused by government and rebel propaganda, by letting participants and eyewitness observers tell their stories.'
Andrew Natsios, Former Administrator of USAID and US Special Envoy to Sudan

'This is among the best works available on the current Darfur crisis. For a blow by blow account of developments, there is none better.'
Mahmood Mamdani, University of Columbia

‘The book is an impressive source of detailed information about a conflict that has been grossly over-simplified by most western reporters and advocacy groups.'
Alan J. Kuperman, Lyndon B. Johnson, School of Public Affairs University of Texas

'That is the book Darfur: fast: moving, insightful, elaborate and intriguing; ... So graphic the stories, it is as good as watching a movie on Darfur; you see what you read'
'For anyone who wants to understand the politics of Sudan, the history of the suffering peoples and the possible solutions, this is the right book.'
Sunday Monitor

Praise for the First Edition:

'The best introduction is Darfur: A Short History of a Long War by Julie Flint and Alex de Waal...their accounts are as readable as they are tragic'
Nicholas D. Kristof in 'The New York Review of Books'

‘A very clear-sighted account ... the book I would give first to anyone wanting to become acquainted with the crisis in Darfur.’
African Affairs


Publication Date: 28 April 2008
350 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback 2nd Edition: 9781842779507
eBook ePub 2nd Edition: 9781848136397
eBook PDF 2nd Edition: 9781848133419
eBook Kindle 2nd Edition: 9781780322445
Library Edition 2nd Edition: 9781842779491

Previous Editions: Paperback 1st Edition: 9781842776971
eBook ePub 1st Edition: 9781848136380
eBook PDF 1st Edition: 9781848130913
Library Edition 1st Edition: 9781842776964

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