Black Slaves for Sale| 52mins
Director: Mark Aardenburg | Producer: Jacco Doornbos
Focus Years: 2000 | Country: Netherlands
Black Slaves for Sale focuses on the moral dilemma aid organizations are faced with in Southern Sudan. For more then 17 years Africa's largest country is crippled by civil war between the Islamic North and the Christian-animistic South. Over 2 million people died during this conflict. One of its horrible consequences is the revival of slavery. CSI is funded by donations from the Western World. Eibner's activities have raised serious opposition from different aid and human rights organizations. Human Rights Watch for instance, states that buying the freedom of slaves means participating in slave trade, which will only cause demand to increase and corruption to soar. Another objection to John Eibnerâ€™s activities is that he is buying the freedom for people, who have never been slaves at all. While Eibner focuses on individual victims, many organizations prefer a broadened international attention for Sudanâ€™s problems.