SUDAN WATCH: FRANCIS BOK - Attends Sept 12 rally outside UN building in New York City

Friday, September 17, 2004

FRANCIS BOK - Attends Sept 12 rally outside UN building in New York City

Pictured below is anti slavery leader Francis Bok who rallied with 400 others outside the U.N. building in New York City on September 12, 2004, to protest slavery, rape and genocide in Sudan.

Speakers condemned the UN, and Kofi Annan in particular, for failing to uphold their vow of "Never Again."

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At the age seven Francis Bok was abducted in the village of Nymlal in a slave raid by government forces in Sudan. Mr. Bok was strapped to a donkey and taken north where he became the slave of the Giema Abdullah family. For 10 years he was forced to sleep with cattle, beaten daily and fed rotten food. In 1996 he escaped to Cairo and made his way eventually to the US.

Mr. Bok founded the website iabolish.com and is thought to be the first freed slave to testify before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

[Thanks to Dr Pauly in NYC for emailing me the UN rally images]

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