Children who have been abducted by pro-government militias since 2003 are now reportedly working as shepherds in Abusakkin area, Korma locality in North Darfur, Radio Dabanga has learned on Thursday, 18 October.
A local sheikh told Radio Dabanga a total of eight children were reportedly abducted from different areas.
He recounted that one of these children, Adam Abd Aziz Aytem, told him about their situation when they met near a water source in Abusakkin.
According to the sheikh, Aytem, now about 20 years old, was kidnapped from a village in Mukjar area.
Aytem also said that besides working as shepherds, the children work as servants for different people, who impose tight control on them and prevent them from talking to strangers.
The sheikh added that Aytem left behind two brothers, Ali and Abdullah.
Aytem asked for his story to be published in Radio Dabanga. He appealed to government authorities and humanitarian organizations to release the kidnapped children and bring them back to their families.