Klaas van Walraven launches his book ‘The Yearning for Relief’ in the Netherlands, Niger and France

The Sawaba movement and its rebellion are a totally neglected subject. Van Walraven has traced this story from a social history perspective, placing an entire generation of activists, removed from the official record, back into the mainstream of Niger’s history. The Yearning for Relief is based on numerous interviews with survivors and a vast range of archival sources, including France’s secret service. Klaas van Walraven received much attention for his book. He presented some of the highlights during a seminar, got invited to talk about his book at RFI, he went to Niger to present his book and CEMAf organised together with CHS a conference-debate about Klaas' work