In Sudan, childhoods of slavery

freedom       2000-08-22 
In a halfway house run by a Dinka tribal chief, 14-year-old Shama Amal waits for the day when he will see his mother again. If that day ever comes, it would put an end to an ordeal that began nine years ago, when the Dinka boy, then 5, was kidnapped by an Arab cattleman and made a slave. Shama escaped after his master put burning coal in his palm - punishment for letting livestock stray.