Militia Attacks Northern Sudanese Slave Center

According to Christian Solidarity International (CSI), scores of Black Sudanese slaves are reported missing in the aftermath of a June 2 raid by Arab militiamen against a government-run slave detention center. The initial report, which came from Save the Children Fund (SCF), indicated that the fate of the missing slaves is still unknown. Fears are growing that they may have been killed or abducted. The former Deputy Prime Minister of Sudan, Aldo Ajou Deng, demanded an independent, international inquiry into the fate of the missing slaves, and urged the UN to provide adequate protection for slaves held in such government detention centers. Deng also echoed the longstanding appeals of other Southern Sudanese community leaders for the immediate release and return home of the hundreds of slaves remaining in government custody.

The Arab militiamen, Deng speculated, targeted the Adila detention center to remove evidence of their involvement in the Sudanese slave trade, following a report issued last month by the U.S.-led international "Eminent Persons" Committee for the investigation of slavery in Sudan. The missing slaves had been removed from their masters and placed for their "protection" in the Adila "Peace Center" after the establishment of the Government of Sudan's Committee for the Eradication of Abduction of Women and Children (CEAWC) in 1998.