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Former Sudanese slave to speak at Olivet College
Sep 05, 2007

Francis Bok, a former slave from southern Sudan, will speak as part of Olivet College’s Lecture and Symposium Series Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 1:30 p.m. in the Upton Center. The event is free and open to the public.

At the age of 7, Bok was enslaved during an Arab militia raid on the village of Nymial in southern Sudan. All around him, children and adults were brutalized and killed as he was strapped to a donkey and taken north to Kirio. For 10 years, he lived as a family slave, forced to sleep with cattle and endure daily beatings.

In December of 1996, Bok escaped to a nearby town, where he was enslaved by local police for two months. An Arab truck driver helped him escape to Khartoum, the capital, where he was arrested by security forces and held for seven months. After being released, Bok fled to Cairo. In 1999, the United Nations resettled Bok in America. He is now an associate at the American Anti-Slavery Group in Boston.

In 2000, Bok became the first escaped slave to testify before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in a hearing on Sudan. He has been featured in The Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor, and appeared on Black Entertainment Television, FOX News and CNN. His autobiography is titled, “Escape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivityand My Journey to Freedom in America.”

For more information, call (269) 749-7164.



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