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Ethnic Cleansing or Resource Struggle in Darfur? An empirical analysis

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  • Olsson, Ola

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Siba, Eyerusalem

    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

Abstract

The con‡ict in Darfur has been described both as an ethnic cleansing campaign, carried out by the Sudanese government and its allied militias, and as a local struggle over dwindling natural resources between African farmers and Arab herders. In this paper, we construct a theoretical framework for understanding the choice between ethnic cleansing and resource capture and use a previously unexploited data set on 530 villages in Southwestern Darfur to analyze the determinants of attacks in the region. Our results clearly indicate that Janjaweed attacks have been targeted at villages dominated by the major rebel tribes, resulting in a massive displacement of those populations. Resource variables, capturing access to water and land quality, also have some explanatory power but are not consistently significant. These patterns suggest that attacks in the area had ethnic cleansing as a primary objective.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 417.

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Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: 09 Dec 2009
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0417

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Keywords: Ethnic cleansing; resource struggle; Darfur;

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  1. Olsson, Ola, 2010. "After Janjaweed? Socioeconomic Impacts of the Conflict in Darfur," Working Papers in Economics 429, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
  2. Olsson, Ola & Valsecchi, Michele, 2010. "Quantifying Ethnic Cleansing: An Application to Darfur," Working Papers in Economics 479, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.

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