At least seven South Sudanese have been freed from their Arab abductors after the resumption of an operation to rescue them, the BBC has learned. The seven have been taken to a transit camp in the South Darfur capital, Nyala, the head of the operation said. Ahmed Mufti said the latest operation would seek to free 1,200 people, with the first group going home next month. Some 8,000 people are thought to remain in slavery after being captured during Sudan’s north-south conflict. The conflict ended in 2005 but the program to return the slaves ended in a row over money. (BBC)

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