Forced Portering and Slavery
Forced portering and slavery are commonplace and widely used by the SPDC regime. Men, women and children are all susceptible to being kidnapped or apprehended and used in such a manner.
Some porters survive the ordeal; others die of starvation or dehydration, medical conditions or are simply killed when they no longer prove useful. The ones that are released have usually endured several months of forced portering and torture.
Porters are also used as human minesweepers, clearing safe paths for the SPDC troops to forge ahead. Civilians are also forced to drive oxen carts through fields with logs attached behind to clear areas of mines placed by the SPDC. The use of porters in conflict is also predominant – using them as human shields against the resistance armies.
Entire villages are conscripted as forced laborers to build outposts, tend fields, serve SPDC troops with food and provide entertainment. Male children are taken and utilized mainly as soldiers from an early age, being brutalized and brainwashed into the ways and methods of the SPDC.
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