Pulling the Ropes: Convenient Indeterminacies and the Negotiation of Power at Kaya’s Border Checkpoint

  • Lotje de Vries
Part of the Palgrave Series in African Borderlands Studies book series (PSABS)


This chapter illustrates the performance of state power at two border checkpoints in the triangle between South Sudan, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), using two situations related to ropes hung across the road in Kaya and Bazi in Morobo Counry.1 The ropes constituted southern Sudan’s checkpoints with neighboring DRC and Uganda in Bazi and Kaya, respectively.


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