Friday, April 1, 2011
Charles Jacobs, of PeaceAndTolerance.org, wrote:
I witnessed the redemption of 160 black Christian jihad slaves last week in South Sudan. They were taken out of bondage by my partners from Christian Solidarity International.
South Sudan is a newly formed break-away Christian state, having essentially defeated the Islamic Republic of Sudan which waged a self-declared jihad ("holy war") on the Christian and tribalist south for decades, murdering almost 3 million and enslaving hundreds of thousands.
Leah Burrows wrote:
Christian Solidarity is trying to free as many of the estimated 40,000 remaining slaves as possible before July, when the secession becomes official.
The Americans spent several hours with the Sudanese, listening to their stories. Most are Dinka, the largest ethnic tribe in southern Sudan. Before being captured, they had lived in small villages with thatched huts, farming and herding cattle. Many were forced to convert to Islam by their masters. One woman, who was enslaved for 21 years, told Jacobs and the Polaks of being repeatedly raped and beaten for refusing to say Muslim prayers.
For more on modern day human bondage see www.iabolish.org.