Marach Garang Athian (Liberated March 2013)
Marach Garang Athian (male, mid-twenties) Arab/Muslim name: Abdul Fadl Abdullah Ash-Sharif [“slave of Fadl Abdullah Ash-Sharif”] Liberated: March 2013 I was captured when I was about 12 years old, in 2001. There was fighting in my village, Wakabil, and I was taken by the raiders. I remember seeing a dead body lying on the ground as I was taken away. When we arrived in the North, the raiders...
Bol Athian Bol (Liberated March 2013)
Bol Athian Bol (male, middle-aged) Arab/Muslim name: Gamardiin Liberated: March 2013 I don’t remember exactly when I was captured. It was sometime in the late 1980s. There was fighting in Warawar between [Sudanese President] Omar Bashir’s people and the SPLA. The SPLA fled, and then the soldiers came and burned down the houses and took the people. I was a young man. The soldiers came in...
Achol Adach Guet (Liberated March 2013)
Achol Adach Guet (female, about 29) Liberated: March 2013 Arab/Muslim name: Mouna I was born in Malwal Bai. I was 14 when I was abducted. I was in my sister’s house in Mabiar Anguei, along the railway. The murahileen came on horseback. They took a lot of people, both children and adults. My sister’s neighbor’s child was executed because she was too exhausted to walk. The raiders killed...
Athian Athian Bol and Garang (Liberated March...
Athian Athian Bol (male, middle-aged) and Garang Athian Athian (male, 8) Liberated: March 2013 Athian: I was captured in 1987. I was taking my cows to sell in Rum Aker. Before I entered the town, the murahileenfound me and took me and my cows. In the North, I lived in Abu Jaber, working as a farm laborer for a man named Adam Boro. He was only kind to me if I worked from morning to...
Adhel Atak Bol (Liberated March 2013)
Adhel Atak Bol (female, about fifteen) Muslim/Arab name: Hawa Liberated: March 2013 I was captured in Ariath in 2001. My home village is Malek Allel. I had gone to Ariath with two of my mother’s relatives to sell goods. They ran away when the raiders came. Four other people were taken with me. The Arabs put the children on horses, but tied up the adults in a line and made them walk. ...
Charles Jacobs: "Silence As the Christians Die"
In this powerful piece for the Jewish Advocate, Jewish human rights activist Dr. Charles Jacobs cites CSI’s Genocide Warning for religious minorities in the Middle East, and examines the reasons for the West’s silence on this issue: Why is the West so shamefully silent in the face of the onslaught against Christian peoples and communities throughout the Islamic realm? If the reasons...
Adhieu Akeen Anou (Liberated June 2012)
Adhieu Akeen Anou (female, about 40 years old) Muslim name: Alima Liberated: June 2012 I was captured in Eban in 1998. There was a raid on the village. My house was burned, and my husband and I tried to run. He was shot dead, and I was taken with my five children – two daughters and three sons. I was held in Meiram, in Darfur North, by a man named Abakir. He had five other Dinka slaves. My...
Dut Yak Kuany (Liberated: June 2012)
Dut Yak Kuany (male, approximately 15 years old) Muslim name: Liberated: June 2012 I don’t remember my hometown in the South or my parents. My only memory is of Amdurab, where I lived with an Arab named Adit Allah. He was my master. Adit Allah was not a kind man. He used to beat me a lot; I cannot count how many times. I have scars on my forehead and on my legs from the beatings. The scar on...
Atok Piol Akech (Liberated Sep. 2012)
Atok Piol Akech – male, 19-20 years old Muslim name: Abdullah Hussein Liberated: September 2012 I was about seven years old when I was captured. I remember the South. I am from Malit. My master was named Hussein. He made me work as a cattlekeeper. Once, I lost a cow. Hussein said, “I will give you time to look for it.” I looked for three days, but I could not find it. When I returned...
Garang Garang Door (Liberated June 2012)
Garang Garang Door (male, approximately 26 years old) Liberated: June 2012 Muslim Name: Abdullah AbdulRahman I was captured in 1998. I was very small. I don’t remember the name of my home village, but when I try to remember the past before I was captured, the name “Rumanyel” comes to my mind. The raiders came early in the morning, riding horses and camels. They attacked the village, killed...
Marco Akot Deng Akot (Liberated 2008)
Marco Akot Deng Akot (Liberated 2008) In September 2012, the CSI team met Marco on the street with a group of his fellow students. This is what he shared with us. I was liberated through CEAWC* about four years ago, during the rainy season. CSI helped me after my return to the South. My master was Mohammad Amad from Karafat. He was so bad. He beat me terribly. Sometimes he tied me down with...
Garang Aguot Tong (liberated 2012)
Garang Aguot Tong - male, 11-12 years old. Arab name: Abdullah Liberated: September 2012 I was born in the North. I don’t remember what my father looks like, but if I saw my mother, I would recognize her. My mother was named Kuanyiny. I don’t know her last name. I don’t know which village she came from. I don’t know any of her stories about the South. I...
Adut Tong Liai (Liberated 2012)
Adut Tong Liai – female, early twenties Arab name: Alima Year of capture: 1994 Liberated: September 2012 I was very young when I was captured. I remember there was fighting, and people were running, and I was caught up by the raiders and put on a horse. I remember crying. I remember seeing other people killed on the way to the North. Their throats were cut, both men and women. I was...
Yusuf al-Haj Massoud (Liberated September 2012)
Yusuf al-Haj Massoud – male, late teens Liberated: September 2012 Dinka name: Piol Ngor Thiap I call myself Yusuf because my master changed my named to Yusuf. Before I was captured, I was called Piol. The Arabs captured or killed most of my family members and took me. I was 10 or 11. One of the men who was captured with me refused to allow the Arabs to divide up his children. I saw them shoot...
Nyibol Abuyo Wek (Liberated 2012)
Nyibol Abuyo Wek – female, about 10 years old I was held in Betek. My master was Mohammad Abdullah. I can’t remember living with anyone else. My mother and my father were killed. I saw it happen; I was very young, maybe 3 or 4. Mohammad Abdullah wanted to separate me from them, but they refused to let me go. They were tied up and their throats were cut. I learned to speak Dinka from...
Manoot Deng Yeltok (liberated 2012)
Manoot Deng Yeltok – male, approximately 15 years old Arab Name: Alad Mohammad Alot I remember my hometown. I remember going to church in the South. I remember the prayers, and people singing songs and dancing. I was kidnapped when I was a little boy. It was the dry season. The murahileen [Arab raiders] came and fought with the people. I saw the murahileen killing people. They cut the...
Deng Garang Akok (Liberated 2012)
Deng Garang Akok (male, about sixteen years old) LIBERATED: April 2012 INTERVIEW CONDUCTED: September 15, 2012 I don’t remember life before I came to the North. I lived in el-Obeid with my master, Mohammad Ali. My job was to look after goats. I did not pray in the North, as a Muslim or a Christian. There was a church far away, but I was not allowed to go. I didn’t like being forced to...
Slave Rescue Mission in Progress!
Dear Friends, As you read this, my team and I are in South Sudan meeting with a group of people who have been rescued from slavery by CSI’s underground network. Learn More about our slave redemption program here These people are returning home with nothing but the clothes on their back. Many of them have illnesses and severe wounds from their masters. We are trying to reunite them with their...
Malwal Deng Deng
Mousa (Male, 30s) Dinka name: Malwal Deng Deng Year of Capture: 1989 Liberated: January 2012 I was called Malwal before I was abducted. Now I am called Mousa. I was about ten years old when I was captured. I was captured in Atido, near Wau. I was walking on the road with my mother when the train came. We heard the shots, and then we were under siege by men on horseback. Some wore khaki...
Angong Akeen Angong
Angong Akeen Angong (male, 14 years old) Liberated: March 2008 I remember my mother. Her name is Nyibol Anei. I don’t know whether she or my father are still alive. I remember that my mother washed me, gave me milk to drink and dressed me in nice clothes. Our family had cows, bulls and goats. My favorite bull was named “Maper.” Our life together came to an end when the Arabs raided...
A group of determined young people in Texas has... →
A group of determined young people in Texas has raised over $7,000 to free people from slavery in Sudan! For the past ten years, the youth of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Katy, Texas have held annual Freedom Walks to raise funds for CSI’s slave liberation program. Their most recent walk, held on Sunday, April 29, was their most successful ever! Check out these photos from the walk:
On Mother's Day -- a heart made by mothers in... →
Sunday, May 13 is Mother’s Day. It is a different holiday for me this year as I am now a foster mom. My foster son is a tall teenage boy from South Sudan named Ker who was blinded by his Arab slave master. During the twenty-two year war between Sudan and South Sudan, slaves from the Christian South were taken as war booty. Ker’s Mother was taken and marched to the North, where she and Ker were...
Dr. Luka Deng's Clinic Being Featured as Part of... →
Dr. Luka Deng is Christian Solidarity International’s doctor in South Sudan who helps recently freed slaves with any medical injuries they may have received. His clinic is part of an important transition from being a slave to being a free person.
Joe Madison Remembers Sudanese Slavery →
VIDEO: At the Darfur Interfaith Network’s Hope for Sudan rally on Sunday, talk radio host Joe Madison spoke about his first trip to Sudan with CSI in 2001, and the things he saw there. Did you know it only costs CSI $50 to free a person from slavery in Sudan? To help our efforts to bring home the thousands of people still trapped in Sudanese slavery, please consider giving $25 or more today at...
South Sudan: Nation Reveals Massive Slavery of... →
Juba — A collective report from the Committee for Eradication of Abduction of Women and Children (CEWC) in South Sudan revealed that during the civil war North Sudan abducted 20,000 Southern women and children in the period 1986-2002 and these are in slavery in Sudan until now. The report indicated that the committee was able to released fifteen thousands (15,000) of the Abductees who were under...
Piol (male, 11 or 12 years old) Muslim name: Mohammed Ibrahim I don’t know my mother or father, or where I came from. When I asked my master, Ibrahim, he told me to forget about them and call him “father.” He wanted me to call him that badly. But I always resisted calling him that, even though he beat me for it. Ibrahim sometimes refused to allow me to eat. When he did feed me, he poured hot...
Let’s Support All The People of Syria: Minority... →
Dr. Eibner writes about the Syria crisis, and the mistakes the U.S. is making in dealing with it, here. Please pray for the 2 million Christians of Syria!
Sudanese Slaves Celebrating their Freedom →
Mou Garang Mou
Mou Garang Mou (male, approx. 12 years old) Muslim Name: Mahamed Ali Year of Capture: Unknown Liberated: January 2012 I never met my parents. My master told me that he was my father, and his children told me that I was their brother. I lost my pinky finger because my master was angry with me. He told me to wash the dishes, but I refused and ran away. When we found me, he told me I was doing a...
Agany Akol Akol
Agany Akol Akol (male, 11 years old) Muslim Name: Ibrahim Darees Year of Capture: Unknown Liberated: January 2012 I don’t remember my parents. My master, Darees Sadeeq, and his wife, Aleema, told me that they were my parents. But I realized that they were not my parents because I was treated so differently from their other four children. Darees wanted me to take care of his own children, but...
Abuk Kor Deng
Abuk Kor Deng (female, 43 years old) Year of Capture: 2000 Liberated: January 2012 I was taken on an ordinary day. We were just sitting at home, and we saw people coming who were firing guns. We tried to run, but we didn’t even know where we were running to, and they quickly caught up with us. I was married when I was taken, and I had a young baby, named Deng. My master in slavery took my baby...
Kuan Majok Majok
(male, 28 years old) Year of Capture: 1994 Liberated: January 2012 When I was captured, I was very young. I was away from my home, looking after the goats. Seven other people were captured with me. We walked four days to the north. The raiders beat us when we refused to walk. In the North, I slept outside, with the cattle. My job in slavery was to look after the cows. If I refused to look...
Aweng Kenyang Kenyang
Aweng Kenyang Kenyang (female, 36 years old) Liberated: May 2009 When I was captured, an Arab raider cut off my finger with a knife when I struggled to escape from him. 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...
Nyibol Deng Gang
Nyibol Deng Gang (female, twenty years old) Year of Capture: 1999 Liberated: May 2009 I was ten years old when I was captured. Baggara Arab raiders came to the marketplace and took me, along with some other women and children. We were bound with ropes and forced to walk to the North. I was raped many times on the way. My master was named Sadiq Hamet. He beat me very badly. My kidneys are...
Majok Kon Maliith
(male, 17 years old) Year of Capture: 1999 Liberated: May 2009 I am from Mayen Ulem. I was visiting my grandfather in the town of Ayeen when I was captured. The raiders came, picked me up on a horse and took me away to the North. I was about seven. Other people were captured then too. On the way, four of them tried to escape, but they were caught. The raiders cut the throats of two of them....
Achan Mawien Guat
Achan Mawien Guat (female, 17 years old) Muslim name: Toma Year of Capture: Unknown Liberated: May 2009 I can’t remember anything about how I ended up with Mohammed Ali and his wife Alima. They gave me food, but I had to sleep with the goats. No one looked after me. I felt alone. Mohammed Ali had three other male slaves, but the only other Dinka women around were with neighbors. I had to wash...
A Seder Among Former Slaves, A Passover of... →
A few days before Passover last year, a student found me, a rabbi, doing some last-minute packing. “Where are you going?” she asked. “To the Sudan,” I replied. A little silence followed, and then she said, “Oh, that’s that new bar in Cambridge, right?” The destination for my wife and me was a medical compound — dark but for four standing low-lit lamps — very far from the opulence and...
Piol Akot Ngor
Piol Akot Ngor (male, 14-years-old) Muslim name: “Mecca” Year of Capture: Unknown Liberated: May 2009 My mother and I were captured when I was very young; I don’t remember it. My master in the north was named Mohammed. My mother and I lived together at first, but about three years ago, Mohammed sent her away. She told me she was going to work for someone else, but would come back....
Chan Deng Agany
Chan Deng Agany (male, 13-years-old) Muslim name: Abakir Year of Capture: 2000 Liberated: May 2009 I was about four when I was captured. I remember there was fighting, and that everything was chaotic. I was captured with my mother. I was too young to walk quickly, so the Arabs made a captured man carry me on his shoulders on the journey north. The Arabs killed four people in our group. They cut...
Dut Ngor Dhel
Dut Ngor Dhel (male, 15 years old) Muslim name: Hassan Year of Capture: Unknown Liberated: May 2009 I know I’m from Nyamllel, but I can’t remember anything about that place. In the north, I had to stay with a man named Musa. I hurt my leg when I lost three cows. Musa pointed his gun at me and threatened to kill me. I was afraid he would shoot me, so I ran away, fell down and cut my leg. Musa often...
Mary Atak Geng Baak
Mary Atak Geng Baak – (female, 18-years-old) Year of Capture: Unknown, mid- to late-1990s Liberated: May 2009 My home village is Wathok. I lived there with my parents. I remember going to church, and I can still recite a part of the Lord’s Prayer. I was enslaved when I was little. The Arab raiders came while I was at the market buying sugar for my mother. A man named Mohammed Ibraham caught me,...
Agol Marac Yei
Agol Marac Yei (female, 13 years old) Year of Capture: 2001 Liberated: May 2009 When I was about five, my mother and I were captured and taken by a man named Nur Al Din to Salaiya, near Daien in Darfur. Nur often threatened to kill us. His wife, Howah Ali, always tried to protect us. When he made these threats, she would say: “No, No, I don’t want their blood to curse my house.” But one day he...
Peter Akot Dut Hol
Peter Akot Dut Hol (male, 19 years old) Muslim name: Kaapalah Liberated: May 2009 I was captured by the Arabs in Majok-Yith-Thieu. My father and I were on our way to sell a cow at Rum Maker when the raiders came and took us. Our master, Ali, forced us to participate in Islamic prayers, even though we were Christians. We used to go to church in Malwal Dit. I can still remember the song “Follow...
Atong Mawein Tong
Atong Mawein Tong (female, early thirties) Year of Capture: Unknown Liberated: September 2011 I don’t remember what year I was taken to the North. I do remember that the journey took a whole month. Along the way, we were beaten and sexually abused by the Arab militiamen, every day, many times a day. When we tried to refuse or fight, some were beaten, cut on their backs; some had their...
Garang and Akoor
Garang and Akoor Garang Garang Amer (male, 5 years old) Akoor Garang Amer (male, 8 years old) Liberated: July 2010 We were taken to the North by slave raiders when we were very young. We don’t remember being captured, but we know that our mother, Abuk Kiir, was captured with us. A year before we were freed, our master, Abdelgasim, separated us from our mother and baby brother, Ajong. He...
In 1995, a CSI team, including Dr. John Eibner, traveled to Nyamlell, a town that had been declared off-limits to foreigners by the Sudanese government, to document the aftermath of a massive slave raid. It was there that CSI representatives first met people who had been taken to slavery in the north. One of these people was a girl named Aguawai. Shortly after this visit, CSI began its slave...
Tong Garang Kuan
Tong Garang Kuan (male, 15 years old) Muslim name: Ali Mohammed Year of Capture: Unknown, probably around 2000 Liberated: March 2009 I don’t remember my mother and father. I don’t even remember what they looked like. I search my dreams for images of them, but I was too small to remember them. All I know is that I was captured by a man named Mohammed at Majang Bai when I was very little. My...
Achol Yum Deng
Achol Yum Deng (female, 48 years old) Muslim Name: Miriam Year of Capture: 1998 Liberated: December 2010 “May I begin by introducing you to Achol Yum Deng. For about 15 years Achol served a master in Northern Sudan and was only recently liberated and repatriated to her home in Southern Sudan. The war booty of a man named Adhaly Osman, Achol was threatened with death, gang-raped, genitally...
Ker Aleu Deng
“I don’t know where I was born. All I can remember is living in the North with my mother (Angel Mangok Diing) and Zakaria Salih. Zakaria was our master. My mother lived with him as a concubine. My mother told me that my father died and that we were captured and taken to the North by Murahaleen (Baggara Arab) raiders. We lived with Zakaria in a village called Jama Jur. (It’s in Kordofan,...
Aguer Garang Deng
Aguer Garang Deng (male, about 11): Muslim name: Mousa Liberated: September 2011 I was born into slavery. I don’t know my mother or my father, because at an early age I was sold to another master. My master was a bad man. Even when I was sick, he would make me look after cattle and bring food. He fed me only leftovers. I was beaten every day. Often, my master would ask me, “Were you...