“…life in the desert was fluid, and political alliances, the situation on the ground, almost everything related to Darfur changed fast. Chad was soon swept into civil war. The angle of news had shifted, and that is when I realized this book had to come out. Yes, everything changed except one. As talks were underway, as people discussed Darfur, the refugees seemed to be forgotten. Yet with the personnel on base in the east partially removed, talk of camps being relocated ongoing, life as a refugee was getting harder than ever. With hardly any hope of safe repatriation, local attacks on refugees was rampant. Traffic in between camps had peaked, not to mention across the border. The families were stuck in cross fire. Normalization was still not exactly underway in Darfur, and Eastern Chad was now ablaze…”
Above is an excerpt from the online introduction of West-end of the Border, my second book and one of the first photography e-books, on the Darfur conflict. I figured, since I started this blog, I owe to one of my two (brain)children to date a mention here. The youngest one first, the older one, possibly soon.
But why now, why Darfur?
The answer is simple. The problems that made Darfur, the real problems at its core, the drought in the Sahel being one, have not disappeared. Quiet on the contrary, they are building up fast, as predicted. Food shortages, and safe access to clean water, continue to effect communities trying to survive in the region.
“Trying to survive,” is not an exaggeration. A brief look at what is going on in Mali will prove it so.
So, sadly, West-end of the Border, a.k.a. The Book in this blog, is still pertinent. So is what Boutros Boutros Ghali had said about water and war in the 21st century.
Happy (!) reading…