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Transforming Displaced Women in SudanPolitics and the Body in a Squatter Settlement$
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Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226001999

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226002019.001.0001

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Epilogue: “This is My Country”

Epilogue: “This is My Country”

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(p.134) Epilogue: “This is My Country”
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Transforming Displaced Women in Sudan
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226002019.003.0006

This chapter examines the displaced women's ideas about repatriation to Southern Sudan. Internally displaced persons (IDPs) express considerable, and understandable, reluctance to return to the South under the prevailing conditions of instability. The sense of belonging articulated by IDPs demonstrates that the desire for repatriation is not unanimous among southerners living in the capital. Displacement alters life experiences and redefines cultural dynamics, among other crucial dimensions of the body politic. IDPs' adoption and rejection of gendered ritual practices and their explanations for their decisions attest to the dialectic between ruptures and continuities in squatter settlements. Sudanese people as a whole and southerners in particular are searching for the tranquility that allows life to proceed normally, whether appreciating an ethnoculturally diverse beauty contest or viewing the return of a large herd of elephants to Opekoloe after a long disappearance as a wondrous sign of peace.

Keywords:   displaced women, Southern Sudan, internally displaced persons, displacement, gendered ritual practices, squatter settlements, peace

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