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Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

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    Incredibly moving and heartbreaking.

    I don't typically give books a five start rating, but this one absolutely deserves it. I was really not sure what to expect from this book. I picked it up because it $5 and I was in the mood for a memoir. But this book was so much more than a memoir. It is a global call to action against genocide any and everywhere.

    It amazes me how someone would be able to find the will to live after all she went through. Halima Bashir gives a wonderful name to the Zaghawa tribe. Fierce and full of passion with the strength of a thousand men. Halima brings you into her life and makes you feel everything she felt, from happiness, to fear, to anger, to despair, to hope. Everything you could possibly feel, you will feel in this book.

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  • Posted November 4, 2010


    When I bought this book, I just wanted some information on what life was like, as a woman, in Africa. What I got instead was a reality check and a major life lesson. The book "Tears of the Desert" made me feel as if I were there, instead of just turning the page.

    Halima Bashir, or as her friends called her Rathebe, was an African American woman, a member of the Zaghawa people located in eastern Chad, western Sudan. Halima was one of the luckier children and was sent to school in a near by city to get a better education which lead her to get her medical degree in her later years. Willing to endure the torture and threats to stand up for what she believed made her well known, and looked to for help.

    When reading this book you ultimately just want to hug and protect Halima from the world, but then you remeber how strong of a woman she is and how much she has overcome through out her life to get to where she is at today. What I loved most about this book was that even though she was a more fragile woman, she was able to stand up against an army of terrorists and fight for what was right. It made me think, "WOW I could do anything with my life, so how am I going to benefit the lives of others?"

    "Tears of the Desert" was not just about the war in Africa, it was about the fight for survival. It was about having to be aware constantly of your surroundings and having to always be prepared for the worst no matter what, because most likely it will be even worse than you expected.

    I seeked this book for knowledge and what I got in return is priceless, a life lesson that will benefit myself and hopefully others for the rest of my life. This book should be a must read for a High School's curriculum just because of the ignorance that exists about life in Africa, today. That goes as well for the people of our society who are just brushing under the rug what is happening in other countries, because let me tell you from experience, this could change your life, forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

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    An amazing story of survival; should be read by EVERY person to enlighten and confront them with the severe suffering in the world!

    Excellent autobiographical narrative; startling and painful. I commend Halima for being willing to share her full story with the world. I trust this will be used to awaken our world to the needs in Sudan. It is especially poignant in the presentation of the lack of basic human rights for women in that particular part of Africa.

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