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Fear in Bongoland Burundi Refugees in Urban Tanzania

by Marc Sommers

  • ISBN: 9781571812636
  • ISBN10: 1571812636

Fear in Bongoland Burundi Refugees in Urban Tanzania

by Marc Sommers

  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books
  • Publish date: 09/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9781571812636
  • ISBN10: 1571812636
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Description: Spurred by wars and a drive to urbanize, Africans are crossing borders and overwhelming cities in unprecedented numbers. At the center of this development are young refugee men who migrate to urban areas. This volume, the first full-length study of urban refugees in hiding, tells the story of Burundi refugee youth who escaped from remote camps in central Tanzania to work in one of Africa's fastest-growing cities, Dar es Salaam. These young men join migrants in "Bongoland" (meaning "Brainland") where, as the nickname suggests, only the shrewdest and most cunning can survive. Mixing lyrics from church hymns and street vernacular, descriptions of city living in cartoons and popular novels and original photographs, this book creates an ethnographic portrait of urban refugee life, where survival strategies spring from street smarts and pastors' warnings of urban sin, and mastery of popular culture is highly valued.
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