By: Gaim Kibreab
320 pages, Photos, 3 figs, 3 maps
What impact do displaced people and refugees have on the place where they eke out a living from resources under pressure? Gaim Kibreab questions the degree of impact on land degradation by war-displaced Eritreans on the Gedaref region of the Sudan. Was land degradation on and around the scheme really due to humans and their livestock? North America: Africa World Press/Red Sea Press
'...it is one of the best in-depth studies of land use in Africa that I have come across, and it is certainly important to demonstrate in detail how non-demographic factors are the ultimate causes of resource depletion.' - Tim Allen, London School of Economics ---------- 'This study is an excellent in depth study of land use and it demonstrates clearly just how non-demographic factors can affect, indeed cause, resource depletion... This is valuable, useful and an "involved" work. Gaim Kibreab's final, more optimistic, point deserves to be repeated. The refugees at Qala en Nahal, despite the physical and institutional constraints, have demonstrated extraordinary resilience and abilities to survive, they have "found ways of leading a meaningful life". People on the Edge, as Gaim Kibreab hopes, has provided some of the explanations of how they managed to do this.' - Patrick Gilkes in African Affairs
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