James Aguer Alic has stuggled for decades to free children held in slavery in South Sudan. The enslaved children have been kidnapped from their homes and villages, often by armed militia.
The children who are freed and rehabilitated by James have been forced to work from sunrise to sunset, and sleep outdoors with the animals, eating leftovers, and are beaten and whipped. James received the World's Children's Prize in 2003 for his brave fight against child slavery.
After more than 30 years of struggle, James and his helpers have liberated thousands of children, and the fight to free all enslaved children goes on.
James has been imprisoned more than 30 times, and four of his colleagues have been killed while trying to free children. Today James and his colleagues have the support of Sudan’s government for the freedom of slave children.
Learn more about James in the Globe Magazine from 2003
Text: Gunilla Hamne
Photo: Kim Naylor
The facts and figures on this page were accurate at the time of writing, in 2003