Rachel Glogowski (USA):
What began as any normal
day for Sudanese man Francis Bok ended in the hell of being
captured into child slavery that would change the rest of his
life. Yet Bok is now seeking forgiveness for the people
responsible for the nightmare.
Bok was only seven when his mother
sent him to the local market to sell peanuts and eggs for the family and
Northern Sudanese men raided the village, viciously slaughtering the men and
capturing the women and children.
Bok, who could only speak his
native tribal language as a child, said he couldn’t understand why they hated
knew that I couldn’t fight back, because if I do, I would get killed,” Bok said
at a recent appearance at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury.
That terrible night in 1986, Bok’s
captors took him into Northern Sudan and forced him to be a child slave for an
Arab family. He never saw his parents or sisters again, and learned years later
that they were burned alive in the raid on his Southern Sudan village.
Although his masters were cruel and
spat on and beat Bok daily, he never lost hope.
may not have anyone to talk to me and to love me but I know God does,” he said.
Bok said he dreamed of being free
and growing up to be like the man his father was. Full Article