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Forum m September 2003 "21st-Century Slaves" and its sister story "Inhuman Profit" provoked the largest amount of favorable mail we've received on a topic since the May 1987 articles on Ukraine and Chornobyl. As for criticisms: Most came from parents who interpreted a passage in "Inhuman Profit" regarding illegal adoption in Guatemala as a condemnation of legal adoption in that country. 21st-Century Slaves I was once one of the world's 27 million slaves. When I was seven, my village in southern Sudan was raided by northern Sudanese militiamen, who killed indiscriminately, capturing women and children. Most of my family died that day, but I was spared, only to become a slave. For the next ten years I slept beside the same animals my master made me tend during the day. I was regularly beaten and threatened with death. In 1999 I escaped and moved to the United States with the help of the United Nations refugee program. I now work with the American Anti-Slavery Group to bring attention to slavery around the world by speaking out as a survivor. Thank you for teaching your readers that this evil institution is still alive. FRANCIS BOK Boston, Massachusetts MEMBERSHIP Please call 1-800-NGS-LINE (1-800-647-5463). Special device for the hearing-impaired (TDD) 1-800-548-9797. Online: nationalgeographic.com/ magazine Online index: nationalgeographic.com/ publications I have never been more proud of my membership in the National Geographic Society than I was when I read the article on modern-day slavery. You have saved people with your coura geous article. It will make a dif ference, believe me. ROBERT HARRISON Montreal, Quebec I was disappointed that the National Geographic Society used my dues to publish an arti cle on slavery. Slavery is abhor rent, but it is not a topic for your magazine. If I want to read about it, I will join Amnesty Interna tional. Please keep your subject matter confined to articles of a more general geographic nature. LOUIS DAVIS Houston, Texas If our government is willing to sacrifice billions of dollars and hundreds of lives for a contro versial war to liberate Iraqis, shouldn't it go without saying that the U.S. should make end ing slavery a priority? I hope after reading this article, people will lobby for the government to become what it says it is-the defender of freedom! NIKOLETA PAPADOPOULOS Natick, Massachusetts NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * JANUARY 2004 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY "For the increase and diffusion of geographicknowledge." The National Geographic Society is chartered in Washington, D.C ., as a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Since 1888 the Society has supported more than 7,500 explorations and research projects, adding to knowledge of earth, sea, and sky. JOHN M. FAHEY, JR., Presidentand CEO Executive Vice Presidents TERRENCE B. 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