267 Southern Sudanese Slaves Liberated
Government Efforts to Abolish Slavery in
All 267 liberated slaves were Southern Sudanese victims of government-sponsored war crimes. They were captured by militiamen during
Interviews with the freed slaves reveal a consistent pattern of physical and psychological abuse, including rape, beatings, death threats, forced conversion to Islam, work without pay, and racial and religious insults. Among them were:
Atak Anei Achien (13 years old): My master was
Aweng Kenyang Kenyang (36 years old): An Arab cut off my finger with a knife when I struggled to escape capture. He became my master. I am a Christian, but he forced me to behave as if I were a Muslim. Four of my children were enslaved with me. They are now teenagers. They remained behind. The retriever said he would try to bring them back to me. I pray every day he will succeed.
The CSI-sponsored liberation action was undertaken by Arabs belonging to Arab-Dinka peace committees which operate in the borderlands of
The Comprehensive Peace Agreement of
The President of autonomous
At the end of 2008, Dr.
Slavery is recognized in international law as a “crime against humanity.”
CSI has been in the forefront of liberating Sudanese slaves since 1995.
(2) CSI Press Release,
(3) BBC, “Slave Rescue Bid Resumes in
(4) CSI Field Trip Report,
SOURCE Christian Solidarity International