by Charles Jacobs, president, American Anti
Editor's note: Below is a reprint of a letter to the New York Times, printed in the May 2 issue, which answers a question many have e wondered about.
If there were any empirical evidence that buying the freedom of slaves in Sudan would foment more murderous slave raids, as you suggest (editorial, April 27), we would not support Christian Solidarity International's Underground Railroad.
If the Dinka chiefs believed that redeeming their women and children from bondage would encourage Arab militias to storm their villages for more slaves, they would stop praising Christian Solidarity International's work and bar them from southern Sudan. If the Catholic bishop Macram Gassis, whose people are being killed in slave raids, thought that redemption encouraged more raids, he would not be urging us to continue.
Sudan does not have peacetime slave markets where infusions of cash spark demand. Slaves are taken as part of a religious war. The international community has failed for nearly two decades to end slavery in Sudan through peace talks. In the absence of viable alternatives, we cannot, and we will not, fail to rescue the slaves now.