A collective report from the Committee for Eradication of Abduction of Women and Children (CEWC) in South Sudan revealed that during the civil war North Sudan abducted 20,000 Southern women and children in the period 1986-2002 and these are in slavery in Sudan until now.
The report indicated that the committee was able to released fifteen thousands (15,000) of the Abductees who were under enslavement and out of the 15,000 five thousand (5000) were return to their families and 35,000 abducted women and children are still in Sudan under slavery and bondage up to now.
The report back dated slavery to 1918, when individuals groups from North Sudan began to practice the slave trade on the inhabitants of the border areas of Bahr el Ghazal region with the border of North Sudan.
“In 1986 as a result of the regular sorties waged by the Sudanese Armed forces (SAF) backed by the Arab militias against the Dinka tribe under pretext of attacking SPLA, the abducted women and children from the year 1986-2002 was 20,000” a report bearing the name of the head of the Committee Chief James Aguer Alich disclosed.
Early this year South Sudan negotiations team on outstanding issues accused Sudan in Addis Ababa of keeping 35,000 South Sudanese as slaves in North Sudan and demanded the African Union and the International Communities to pressure Sudan to release them.
Following this report there was a pressure now from the committee that the short terms objective, is to send a delegation of members of Committee to the targeted States in Sudan to collect data by examining the names of the abducted women and children now under enslavement in Sudan.
Secondly, there should be an urgent visit to the United States of America to meet with members of the Black Caucus in the US Congress to explain the vision of the Committee about returning of the Southern slaves from Sudan, and another visit to target Geneva to meet the Commission for Human Rights which is part of the UN as well as meeting the Head of Anti-slavery Organization in the United Kingdom.
According to the report in 1989 some chiefs and individuals from Northern Bahr El Ghazal held a meeting in Khartoum to explore ways of returning the Southern slaves from Sudan, the meeting led to the formation of the Dinka Committee for the return of the Women and Children lost during the civil war.
In May 1999 under the International Pressure and human rights organizations and demands from the Dinka chiefs, the government of Sudan (Salvation Government) recognized the existence of the Abduction in Sudan before the human rights court in Geneva.
The goals of the Committee is to liberate all the abducted and enslaved women and children by Sudan, preparation of documents that contain names of women and children who were abducted and enslaved during the civil war, and organize awareness campaigns for the people of South Sudan about the danger of Abduction and Enslavement.
The strategic policy includes, following the policy of patience in dealing with the issue of liberating the enslaved, giving the priority of diplomatic and political policy the maximum consideration for the purpose of reaching an agreement on joint efforts with the government of Sudan.