Tears of the Desert

Tears of the Desert

A Memoir of Survival in Darfur

Paperback - 2009
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Born into the Zaghawa tribe in the Sudanese desert, Halima Bashir received a good education away from her rural surroundings (thanks to her doting, politically astute father) and at twenty-four became her village's first formal doctor. Yet not even Bashir's degree could protect her from the encroaching conflict that would consume her homeland. Janjaweed Arab militias savagely assaulted 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.

Raw and riveting, 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 an uncompromising spirit.
Publisher: New York : One World Trade Paperbacks, 2009.
Edition: One World Trade Paperbacks ed.
ISBN: 9780345510464
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lewis, Damien


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A personal story of the ongoing tragedy in Sudan’s Darfur region, where local African inhabitants have been targeted by the Arab-Sudanese president and his government for ethnic cleansing. After training as a medical doctor, and being almost ritually raped by Sudanese soldiers, the author now lives in exile in London, U.K.

Sep 01, 2015

After reading the book,it teaches you the value of many things we here take for granted

Jan 09, 2010

An excellent book about the values of family, and how those storng bonds can get you through anything. I hesitated at first to read it, why would anyone want to live the horrors of violence and rape, but as I read through the book, I quickly came to realize that is is a story of , traditions, community and unconditional love of family. Those are the things worth fighting for, and by bringing light to this, how can governements continue to ignore the plight of these people.

Jan 02, 2010

A stirringly sad story of life for women in these countries.

Should be required reading for everyone in the Western Christian world.


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