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Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur

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Like the single white eyelash that graces her row of dark lashes–seen by her people as a mark of good fortune–Halima Bashir’s story stands out. Tears of the Desert is the first memoir ever written by a woman caught up in the war in Darfur. It is a survivor’s tale of a conflicted country, a resilient people, and the uncompromising spirit of a young woman who refused to be silenced.

Born into the Zaghawa tribe in the Sudanese desert, Halima was doted on by her father, a cattle herder, and kept in line by her formidable grandmother. A politically astute man, Halima’s father saw to it that his daughter received a good education away from their rural surroundings. Halima excelled in her studies and exams, surpassing even the privileged Arab girls who looked down their noses at the black Africans. With her love of learning and her father’s support, Halima went on to study medicine, and at twenty-four became her village’s first formal doctor.

Yet not even the symbol of good luck that dotted her eye could protect her from the encroaching conflict that would consume her land. Janjaweed Arab militias started savagely assaulting the Zaghawa, often with the backing of the Sudanese military. Then, in early 2004, the Janjaweed attacked Bashir’s village and surrounding areas, raping forty-two schoolgirls and their teachers. Bashir, who treated the traumatized victims, some as young as eight years old, could no longer remain quiet. But breaking her silence ignited a horrifying turn of events.

In this harrowing and heartbreaking account, Halima Bashir sheds light on the hundreds of thousands of innocent lives being eradicated by what is fast becoming one of the most terrifying genocides of the twenty-first century. Raw and riveting, Tears of the Desert is more than just a memoir–it is Halima Bashir’s global call to action.

Synopsis:

A Sudanese doctor speaks out about the horrors of the civil war between black Africans and the Arab-led Sudanese government as she describes her outrage over the treatment of female prisoners of the Arab government, the retaliation she faced after speaking out, and her personal struggle for survival, in a harrowing memoir of courage, family, and hope. 75,000 first printing.

About the Author

Halima Bashir lives with her husband and son in England, where she continues to speak out about the violence in Sudan.

Damien Lewis has spent the last twenty years reporting from war zones in Africa, with a particular focus and expertise in Sudan. His reporting from Darfur won the BBC One World Award. He is the internationally bestselling co-author of Slave, winner of the Index on Censorship Book Award.

Table of Contents

1. CHILD OF THE DESERT. The naming — Grandma's trip to the Lost Valley — Moon-bone madness — Mo, Omer, and me — The cutting time — 2. SCHOOL OF THE DESERT. School days — Fight school — Resistance for Grandma — The white eyelash attack — Cousins in love — Dream to be — 3. DESERT OF FIRE. Med school — University of Jihad — Rumors of war — Medicine Woman — Accident and emergency — Mission to Mazkhabad — Rebel Doctor — Black dogs and slaves — They come for me — A long-distance wedding — The devil horsemen — A time of fear — 4. DESERT OF NO RETURN. Escape from Darfur — The hostel of despair — In London, in love — Breaking the silence — Will to live.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345509901
Subtitle:
A Memoir of Survival in Darfur
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Lewis, Damien
Author:
Bashir, Halima
Author:
Halima Bashir
Author:
Halima Bashir, with Damien Lewis
Author:
Damien Lewis
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
Africa, north
Subject:
Africa, east
Subject:
History
Subject:
Genocide
Subject:
Sudan - History - Darfur Conflict, 2003-
Subject:
Genocide - Sudan - Darfur
Subject:
Africa-Sudan
Subject:
Audio Books-Biography
Subject:
Biography-Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080909
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
316

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Medical
Biography » Political
Biography » Women
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , A Sudanese doctor speaks out about the horrors of the civil war between black Africans and the Arab-led Sudanese government as she describes her outrage over the treatment of female prisoners of the Arab government, the retaliation she faced after speaking out, and her personal struggle for survival, in a harrowing memoir of courage, family, and hope. 75,000 first printing.
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