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Navigating the African DiasporaThe Anthropology of Invisibility$
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Donald Martin Carter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816647774

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816647774.001.0001

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Remembering Khartoum and Other Tales of Displacement

Remembering Khartoum and Other Tales of Displacement

(p.71) Chapter 2 Remembering Khartoum and Other Tales of Displacement
Navigating the African Diaspora

Donald Martin Carter

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter returns to the origins of the African diaspora and the elusive hope of peace and return to the homeland. The focus is in Sudan, which has been the site of contemporary civil unrest, violence, and genocide. The fact that these terrible things occur in the homeland is the same factor that drives the people of the diaspora to carve out their own homes elsewhere—the “passion of belonging,” as well as that sense of identity that they are trying to preserve. Exclusion, after all, is part of the diasporic experience, albeit not without the prevailing hope of peace and belonging. Yet the memories etched out in Khartoum and Darfur indicate that peace within their homeland is not yet a certainty, especially for those longing for home.

Keywords:   African diaspora, Khartoum, Darfur, Sudan, diasporic experience, belonging, identity

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