Peace by piece: Addressing Sudan’s conflicts
Publication date: 
2006
Accord issue: 
18
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Land is an important factor in Sudan's conflicts: whether exploited for agriculture, cattle-herding or subterranean resources such as oil or water, it is the key to wealth and power in many parts of the country.

Mona Ayoub gives an account of the politicisation of land conflicts from the colonial era to the present, with particular attention on the 1970 Unregistered Lands Act. She describes clashes between modern and traditional systems and their implications for conflict in regions such in Darfur, eastern Sudan and the Nuba Mountains.