Southern Sudan/Darfur 2008

Photos from our trip to Southern Sudan on the border of Darfur in March, 2008:

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Joe & Sherry Madison and Thom on the border of Darfur at Gok Machar, Southern Sudan

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Thom recording a story from people who's villages were burned.

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Thom and some friends (the local commissioner's security detail)

Plane landing in Got Machar

This is the plane landing to pick us up from the Southern Sudan / Darfur border.

Children in Gok Machar

Monica and her uncle

One of the slaves returned to the nearby village was Monica's (the commisioner) uncle. He had been a slave since the early 80's.

High officials in a remote area

These are the high officials and chief (black cowboy hat) of a remote area we traveled to and delivered aid. He became very emotional when thanking us. He also promised to find the families of the recently returned slaves to his villages.

The boys going through their 'sacks of hope.'

The boys (newly freed slaves) going through their 'sacks of hope.'

slave interview

This boy was tied to a bench and raped by his master's son. He is being interviewed by CSI.

freed slaves

These boys are all former slaves. There are few older people in these pictures. At a certian age they are often killed and replaced by younger slaves.

woman in west

This woman is a former slave. Many times these childeren were the products of rape.

abuse

These pictures are of abuse the children recieved as slaves. Many were stabbed, burnt, or beaten.

abused woman

Almost all the women went through genital mutilation. This woman refused and is telling the story of how she was beaten because of it.

village

In this area 45,000 people share one well.

girl

This girl has a bad wound (below) in her leg. This will be the first time she's ever seen a doctor.

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sacks of hope

"Sacks of Hope" we flew in to Gok Machar in the cargo plane with us. To donate a "Sack of Hope" click here: http://www.csi-int.org/sudan_donation_sac.php

There are more photos of Darfur from Mia Farrow's site http://www.miafarrow.org/photo_03.html and on Ellen Ratner's Talk Radio News site at http://talkradionews.com/2008/03/photos-from-sudan/ ...

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