Child Protection International (CPI) began as a response to one incident in a remote town in Southern Sudan. Visit the CPI website. In October 2007, University of Minnesota graduate student Gabriel Kou Solomon learned that his two nieces, Yar and Ajak Mading, ages 3 and 1½, were violently abducted by armed men during a cattle raid on their village. Mr. Solomon worked with Human Rights Program Director Barbara Frey to mobilize graduate level human rights students to work for the release of the little girls. The classmates worked tirelessly, conducting research and serving as advocates to bring attention to the plight of Yar and Ajak and other abducted children in South Sudan. The students’ work became known as the Save Yar Campaign, a campaign that has provided a voice for children of rural Sudan. Together, these students launched the "Save Yar Campaign".
While the girls have not yet been found the campaign has grown into an international NGO, Child Protection International (CPI).