Slavery in Sudan

CSI has been working on the ground in Sudan since 1995 to liberate Christians and other non-Muslims forced into slavery by Islamist militiamen armed and directed by the Khartoum regime. Working through a local underground network, we have rescued tens of thousands of people from slavery.  Still, thousands remain in bondage – over 35,000 according to a Sudanese government official.


Slavery in Sudan was revived in 1983, when the Arab Muslim government of Sudan began using slave raids as a weapon in its war to put down Southern rebellion against the government’s imposition of Islamic law.  The government armed Arab Muslim militia groups, and encouraged them to raid Southern villages, steal their property, and take their women and children as slaves.  Tens of thousands of people were captured and enslaved.

In 1995, CSI teams discovered a local network of Africans and Arabs working together to help retrieve some of those abducted into slavery. With CSI’s assistance, this indigenous Underground Railroad grew into a sophisticated network that has managed to liberate tens of thousands of people.

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A peace treaty in 2005 put an end to the slave raids, and paved the way for the south to become an independent country in 2011.  However, the treaty provided no way home for those already enslaved.  Today, CSI continues working to bring these people home.

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Slave Stories

Ayak Piol Mabior (Liberated February 2014)

Ayak Piol MabiorPeople tell me I am from Nyamlell in South Sudan, but I don’t remember it.  I lived in Joushier, in Darfur.  My baby is named Achuil.

When I was abducted, my father was killed in front of me.  They slit his throat with a knife.  Then the attackers took me, my mother and my siblings to the North.  I had three older sisters and two brothers.  Both my brothers died.  One of them was beaten to death on the way to the North.  I don’t know why the other one died, but he was very small – still nursing.  Once we arrived, we were separated from each other.

I was taken to Mammud’s house.  He mistreated me.  Even though I was small, he beat me on my chest and back.  I still can’t lift heavy things because of it.  He raped me, even though I was a small girl.  I tried to resist, but he sliced my left breast with a knife, and then did it anyway… Read More

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