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Writing with BBC correspondent Lewis (Slave), Bashir, a physician and refugee living in London, offers a vivid personal portrait of life in the Darfur region of Sudan before the catastrophe. Doted on by her father, who bucked tradition to give his daughter an education, and feisty grandmother, who bequeathed a fierce independence, Bashir grew up in the vibrant culture of a close-knit Darfur village. (Its darker side emerges in her horrific account of undergoing a clitoridectomy at age eight.) She anticipated a bright future after medical school, but tensions between Sudan's Arab-dominated Islamist dictatorship and black African communities like her Zaghawa tribe finally exploded into conflict. The violence the author recounts is harrowing: the outspoken Bashir endured brutal gang-rapes by government soldiers, and her village was wiped out by marauding Arab horsemen and helicopter gunships. This is a vehement cri de coeur—I wanted to fight and kill every Arab, to slaughter them, to drive them out of the country, the author thought upon treating girls who had been raped and mutilated—but in showing what she suffered, and lost, Bashir makes it resonate. (Sept.)
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?This memoir helps keep the Darfur tragedy open as a wound not yet healed.? (Elie Wiesel, author of Night) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
This book was written from a deeply personal point of view. Halima Bashir chronicles her life beginning with her childhood within a remote village in Darfur and it ends with her... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jane Erye
WELL WORTH THE TIME TO SIT BACK AND READ THIS NONFICTION NOVEL.
IT PUTS THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE WHEN YOU THINK YOU ARE HAVING A BAD DAY!