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Children are also brought from the South by soldiers and officers. These are children of Southern Sudanese ethnic groups who are poor or orphaned and serve the soldiers in their military camps. After the soldiers are transferred to the North, some of them bring these children with them.
The most notorious case was the "Toposa boys", where a military plane was reported to have brought 80 children from the South to Khartoum. These children were subsequently taken to various parts of Sudan. This documented case received some attention in the media during Sadiq al-Mahdi's government.Top
"I remember Colonel X used to come back from the south and bring with him one and sometimes two teenage "Janoubi" (Southern) boys to help his wife in cleaning the bathroom, sweeping, and carrying the heavy bags when she went to the "souq" (market).