The history of slavery in the Sudan

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Activist says child slavery exists in Sudan
By Alfred Taban, Reuters, 29 July 1997. Militias allied with the nation’s Islamist government are capturing children and selling them as slaves, charges that the authorities deny. There was no independent confirmation of the allegation. The tribes take advantage of the lack of peace in the south to raid each other.
Farrakhan and the Sudan slave trade
NY Spartacist Workers Vanguard, 2 February 1996. A sharp criticism of Minister Louis Farrakhan’s Friendship Tour in Africa and by implication upon Islam from a left perspective. Condemnation of Farrakhan’s support for the Islamicist government, which is presumed to represent a slave regime. Criticism of Farrakan’s Washington march. The attitude of Black Americans toward the Sudanese slavery issue.
UN Criticism Angers Charities Buying Sudan Slaves’ Release
By Paul Lewis, The New York Times, 12 March 1999. UNICEF describes the slave redemption program as intolerable after Christian Solidarity raised the topic by appealing to Kofi Annan to condemn slavery in Sudan and to create a special program to trace and free enslaved women and children. Buying back slaves does not offer a lasting solution to the problem, which can only come through an end to Sudan’s 30-year-old civil war
Slave ’redemption’ won’t save Sudan
By Eric Reeves, Christian Science Monitor, Wednesday 26 May 1999. The catastrophe engulfing Sudan remains largely invisible to the American public and is at least partly because of the intense media attention to the issue of slavery and slave redemption (humanitarian purchase). Americans have been encouraged to satisfy their moral outrage by focusing on the particular obscenity of human bondage, which is perceived as the substance rather than the symbol of Sudan’s agony.
Sudanese government denies any slavery on its own territory
AFP, 31 January 1999. The Sudanese government denies the existence of slavery on territory held by pro-Khartoum forces. Swiss aid agency Christian Solidarity International (CSI), bought back a total of 5,066 slaves in Sudan over the last four years. Those allegations relate to areas under the rebel movement. Khartoum says there is confusion between prisoners of war and slave captives. CIS claims these are slaves and abducted by militias friendly with the North.
Quote of the Day: Dan Connell
By Dan Connell, from Sudan: Recasting U.S. Policy, Foreign Policy In Focus, November 2000. The strongest lobbies impacting Sudan policy inside the U.S. have been private aid agencies and anti-slavery groups operating in famine and war-affected areas of the south, which often exacerbates the crisis.
Ripping Off Slave ‘Redeemers’
By Karl Vick, Washington Post. Tuesday 26 February 2002. The highly publicized practice of buying the freedom of Sudanese slaves, fueled by millions of dollars donated by Westerners, is rife with corruption, according to aid workers, human rights monitors and leaders of a rebel movement whose members routinely regard slave redemption as a lucrative business.