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Stop the Atrocities in Sudan

Tuesday, 17 April 2001 12:00 AM

In September of last year, I traveled to the war zone of southern Sudan to witness the redeeming of 4,435 slaves. I returned in April with the Rev. Walter Fauntroy, a former congressman, and witnessed the redeeming of another 2,931 black slaves, mostly women and children.

Thousands of human souls, black Africans, citizens of their own country, dirty, sick and hungry in the scorching sun, waiting under the branches of a huge tree to be liberated. Women and children, many who had walked more than 13 days and hundreds of miles, led by a small band of Muslims (Bedouins), who risked their lives guiding each of the slaves to freedom.

I heard not just the soft murmurs of their voices as they waited under a large tree providing them the only shade from temperatures that had reached over 100 degrees, I also listened to individual accounts of abuses many of the slaves suffered at the hands of their former slave masters.

These stories and the faces of thousands of slaves in Sudan will be with me for the rest of my life. I promised each of them I would return to the United States and encourage African-Americans in particular and all Americans in general to use our power to end slavery in Sudan.

We are here today to demand that the Sudan government end this practice of human slavery now, to end the war that has cost the lives of over 2 million of their country's men, women and children. We are here to speak out against the systematic institution of slavery in a country that seeks to be elevated to a position of international power and prestige while it wallows in the depths of human misery.

I am here today to commit my body to the cause of religious and human freedom, as Jesus did 2,000 years ago on Good Friday. We are here today to put some heat in the streets, to issue a "call" to the African-American leadership, the Congress and president of the United States to do all within their power to end slavery and the war in Sudan now.

We who believe in freedom and demand liberty for ourselves must be prepared to demand it for the freedom-loving people of Sudan. If we demand the freedom to think for ourselves, worship as we please, determine our own destiny, we must demand the same rights and opportunities for our brothers and sisters in Sudan.

To that end:

Finally, when we were in southern Sudan, the slaves and their families didn't ask us if we were conservative or liberal, a Republican or Democrat, a Muslim or Christian; they simply asked for help to end slavery, to unite their families, to end the terrorism and torture throughout their land.

As I go to the entrance of this embassy, I go with the words of Frederick Douglass on my mind and in my heart:

"Slavery is the common enemy of all mankind. The slave is part of the human family. Slavery is a system of such gigantic evil that no one nation is equal to its removal. It requires the humanity of all of us and the morality of the world to remove it."

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