|NATIONAL ISLAMIC FRONT 1989-97||1989
- NATIONAL ISLAMIC FRONT
"There are genuine slaves, slave-raiders, and slave traders in contemporary Sudan. On a far larger scale, but failing short of the definition of slavery, there are also forced abductions, particularly of southern and western Sudanese children, who are subjected to a programme of religious and cultural indoctrination intended to give them an Arab Muslim identity, and often sent into military training and combat against their will." - Southern Sudanese investigator Lawrence Tung, 1996Top
The Murahleen, or Baggara militias, were supplemented by urban NIF loyalist recruits, and by less willing conscripts including street children, would-be university entrants and government employees.Top
Under the security police state established by the National Islamic Front, oppression has been extended well beyond the war zones: in Northern Sudan, too, dissent is banned, and torture is rife.
Most Northern political parties, together with trades unionists and former army officers, have formed an exiled opposition front called the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which has now joined forces with the SPLA. Top