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Title:Local practices for peace among 'violent' pastoralists in East Africa
Author:Sagawa, ToruISNI
Periodical:Mila: a Journal of the Institute of African Studies
Notes:biblio. refs., maps
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
East Africa
ethnic relations
conflict resolution
Anthropology, Folklore, Culture
Pastoral systems
Abstract:Pastoralists in East Africa have often been represented as 'violent' and 'warlike' people, not only by neighbouring agricultural communities but also by researchers. On the basis of research among the agropastoral Daasanach living in the area of Ethiopia bordering Kenya and Sudan, the author argues that this is a one-sided view. He examines the relations of the Daasanach with neigbouring ethnic groups, including the Kara and Arbore, with whom they maintain amicable relations. On the other hand, the Turkana, Nyangatom, Hamar and Gabra, whose subsistence depends mainly on pastoralism, are 'kiz' or 'enemy groups'. However, there are cross-cutting ties with 'kiz', and conflicts between groups would normally end within one or two days. Trans-ethnic ties play an important role in mitigating conflict and recovering peace in the border area. The author concludes that external intervention without an understanding of the local logic of war and peace will only bring confusion to the area. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]