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  • The Journal of Modern African Studies, Volume 46, Issue 3
  • September 2008, pp. 427-450

Displacement and ethnic reintegration in Ituri, DR Congo: challenges ahead

  • Johan Pottier (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 August 2008

This article examines the ethnic character of Ituri's complex emergency. It considers the local context in which the IDP predicament has unfolded, asking questions about the prospect of, and responsibilities for, post-conflict reintegration. As militia disarmament and peace are linked but not coterminous, it is argued that militant ethnic agendas at the core of the conflict must be scrutinised for their ongoing significance. Revealing the past to be a contested terrain, these agendas call for an apartheid-style solution along lines of segregation first envisaged by Belgian colonialists. To move towards ethnic reintegration, Iturians face the challenge that they must create a common history freed from the stranglehold of extremist interpretations.

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J. Pottier 2007. ‘Rights violations, rumour and rhetoric: making sense of cannibalism in Mambasa, Ituri (D.R. Congo)’, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 13: 825–43.

K. Vlassenroot & T. Raeymaekers . 2004. ‘The politics of rebellion and intervention in Ituri: the emergence of a new political complex?’, African Affairs 103, 412: 385412.

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