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85 Black Sudanese boy slaves were freed from Arab masters last month through the mediation of the Arab-Dinka Peace Committee at Warawar, Southern Sudan. The freed slaves were documented last week by an international team of researchers sponsored by CSI.
The freed slave boys were among the tens of thousands of Black women and children who had been enslaved by Sudanese government-sponsored militias during two decades of civil war. All of the boys reported that they were forced to work without pay, and were frequently beaten and subjected to racial insults. Over 80% of the boys reported that they had been forced to practice Islam against their will, while 18% claimed they had been raped by their masters or by their masters’ friends and relatives. One 14-year-old boy, Mawien Garang, explained that his master forced him to serve another man as a male prostitute. 65% of the slaves reported that they had witnessed the execution of other Black Africans during slave raids or while in captivity.
The Islamist Government of Sudan has long sponsored slave raiding in Southern Sudan as an instrument of a declared jihad against the Black, non-Muslim communities that have resisted the imposition of Arab-dominated, Islamic rule. As a result of a U.S. supported cease-fire in Southern Sudan, the Khartoum government has recently suspended slave raiding there. But it has revived the practice against the Black African tribes of Darfur in western Sudan.
This year, UN sources have documented the extensive "abduction" and rape of Black women and children in Darfur by the armed forces of the Sudanese government. "Abduction" is the euphemism used by UN agencies for the enslavement of Black citizens of Sudan.
Speaking to CSI’s Dr. John Eibner last week, a 30 year-old displaced mother from Darfur, Sennah Abdelhamid, expressed the fear that her four missing children had been enslaved by Arab militiamen, noting that she had seen enslaved children from her Black tribe serving Arab masters in cattle camps.
Since the outbreak of civil war in 1983, the Government of Sudan has implemented genocidal policies against Black African tribes, resulting in the death of over two million civilians, the displacement of over five million and the enslavement of tens of thousands of women and children.
CSI is currently campaigning for the U.S. Department of State to establish a Task Force to Monitor the Eradication of Slavery in Sudan, and for the U.S. to act on the 2002 declaration by President Bush, Sen. John Kerry and both Houses of Congress that the Government of Sudan is a perpetrator of acts of "genocide", including "slavery". (Sudan Peace Act, 2002)
Slavery is a "crime against humanity", according to international law.
CSI is a co-founder of the Sudan Campaign, which is coordinating daily "STOP the GENOCIDE and FREE the SLAVES" demonstrations at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C.