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close this bookFamine, Needs-assessment and Survival Strategies in Africa (Oxfam, 1993, 40 p.)
close this folder3 Survival strategies and their 'costs'
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View the document3.1 Eating wild foods
View the document3.2 Going hungry
View the document3.3 Food preparation
View the document3.4 Slavery
View the document3.5 Sale of assets (productive/non-productive) and purchase of food
View the document3.6 Trading
View the document3.7 Labouring
View the document3.8 Household migration
View the document3.9 Consurnption of assets
View the document3.10 Borrowing
View the document3.11 Gifts
View the document3.12 Receiving remittances
View the document3.13 Theft

3.4 Slavery

During famine in Bahr el Ghazal and southern Kordofan, Sudan, in 1988, some southern Sudanese were driven to selling their children into slavery in northern Sudan. Although these people were subject to many forms of violence and duress, such practices could be regarded as a 'survival strategy'. This underlines the point that survival strategies should not be supported in an undiscriminating way.