ICC NOTE: Damare Garang a slave from a Christian family was tortured for sneaking out to attend a Christian church.
Boy slave ‘crucified’ by Sudanese Muslim
9 28 -2006
A Sudanese slave who was assigned to watch his Muslim master’s camels was “crucified” when he was caught sneaking out to attend a Christian church.
Damare Garang was seven when the attack happened, officials said. He had been captured by Islamic soldiers when his Sudanese village was attacked, and then sold as a slave to a Muslim family in Tuobon, Bahr el Gazel.
His duties were to tend the master’s camels, but one day one fled.
“How could you do this? You will surely have to pay! You stupid slave, I should just kill you now,” he was told.
However, the child escaped any injuries at that point.
Then the following day Damare, who had been raised in a Christian family, sneaked away for a time to a small church service across the village.
His master was waiting when he returned.
“Where have you been?” he was asked, and partly from fear and partly from not having another answer, he said, “to church.”
“You have made two grave mistakes,” the slave master said. “Yesterday you lost one of my camels, and today you worship with infidels!”
The master went to a barn and returned with a large board, some rusty spikes and a hammer, the report said.
“Frozen in fear, Damare was dragged out to the edge of his master’s compound where he was forced to the ground with his legs over the board, The savage brutality of the master was unleashed as he proceeded to drive the long nails through Damare’s knees and then nail his feet securely onto the board.”
While Damare was screaming in agony, the slave master simply walked away.
The boy’s help arrived in the form of a Good Samaritan who happened by, and saw the small boy. The man sneaked into the compound and carried the boy to a hospital where the board and nails were removed.
Damare later was released to the custody of his helper, with whom he lived for the next 18 months.
Once again, then, there was a militia attack on his village, and he was separated from his protector. When the Islamic army soldiers were driven off, a commander of village forces recognized Damare’s speech as being of the Dinka tribe, and took charge of him.
That commander eventually adopted Damare, who now lives in Mario Kong.
He remains disappointed he is unable to run quickly like other boys, but he says he’s forgiven his attacker, because Jesus was nailed to a cross to forgive all sins.