Migration and Identity Change in the Sudan


, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 13-18

First online:

The Southern Sudanese migration to Khartoum and the resultant conflicts

  • Ibrahim F. N. Affiliated withInstitute of Geosciences, University of Bayreuth

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Today, more than one third of the population of Khartoum are southerners who migrated to the capital mainly in the last eight years because of the civil war. Their conditions are very bad. They are starving in the town, for most of them are unemployed and have no means of living. Their housing conditions in the shanty towns are deplorable. The development of squatter settlements and the struggle for the demarcation of quarters are delineated in this paper. In Khartoum the southerners develop a strong sense of solidarity and develop a growing supra-southern-Sudanese identity replacing the former ethnic and local identities.