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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; First Canadian Edition edition (Aug. 28 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554681782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554681785
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.2 x 23.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L.J. on April 11 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book. Could not put it down until I finished it. This is one story of the tortures that took place in Darfur. Well written and a book that takes you away to a terrible place where mankind has lost its way. Dr. Bashir is a true hero in all of this hell. I wish her well. I learned a lot reading this book as I had no idea that Arabs were the ones causing all of these brutal rapes and killings. One of the best books I have read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mozygrl on Aug. 26 2011
Format: Paperback
unlike books on sudan that are written by outsiders, this is an excellent first person account. the author does a good job first describing the normalcy of life in her village, with her family, and attending university - with the back drop of the country's conflict...the reader is very invested in the survival of her whole family by the time the conflict reaches them...an extremely powerful work...would also rec'd They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky by Deng, Deng and Ajak
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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 fleeing the geneocide of her people to seek asylum in England.
Skillfully, Halima interweaves all the subtlety and nuances of family and village culture into the story. She communicates in a balanced, yet powerful manner...her experiences of extreme pain within the context of the religious and socio-policital climate surrounding her development.
Despite the many social & political challenges, Halima accomplished her goal of becoming a medical doctor. She took joy in reaching this goal. Halima took great pride in serving anyone who needed her skill as a physician.

Sadly for Halima, it was through her professional calling that she experienced first hand the surges of what would become an overwhelming genocial tsumani. A tsumani of inhumanity which eventually wipe out her village and her family unit.

Miraculously, Halima survives and is she manages to escape the country to take seek asylum in England...only face many more heart breaking challenges along with other refugees.

This is a must read for any one who cares about what is happening in different parts of our world.
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