Poverty among Sudanese communities along the eastern borders: A case study from the Kassala and Gedarif States
Studies on European, African, and American borders reveal border variations, their heterogeneity and the difficulty in comparing them. Interstate relationships are diverse and so are the links between border societies and their nation-states. In Africa, several authors and experts stress the fact that state and nation may not match, and that border areas can represent spaces where transnational identities take shape as well as conflicts and, in some cases, stigmatization of national groups (Association of European Border Regions 2012). The arbitrary drawing of border lines by colonial powers has in many cases ripped tribal and ethnic groups apart, placing them in two or more countries.
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