There are an estimated 465,000 people living in modern slavery in Sudan (GSI 2018). Between 1983 and 2005, the central government of Sudan enslaved tens of thousands of black South Sudanese Christian and traditionalist people. It was part of a genocidal war against South Sudan, with a simple aim: to force South Sudan to become Arab and Muslim.
Kolong Guot Mayuol was abducted in 1992, taken to northern Sudan and forced to work in a cattle camp.
I was abducted in Chumic, a village near Nyamlel town in 1992.
It happened in the morning, we heard the sound of guns in the vicinity of Nyamlel town. As we hurried up trying to run away for hiding, we found that our cattle camp is already besieged by [ muraalin] Arab raiders and they ordered us on guns point not to move, hence when one of our cattle camp tried to resist, they shot him dead on spot that caused everybody to panic and shiver with fear. Immediately after we were caught, they separated us with our cattle and they decided to give us goats that they took from different part of the area instead of our cows while our cows are given to different group to drive along. We were 7 seven in number in the cattle camp.
Narrative provided by Christian Solidarity International