Slave: My True Story

Slave: My True Story

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by Mende Nazer, Damien Lewis, Damian Lewis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1586483188

ISBN-13: 9781586483180

Pub. Date: 06/13/2005

Publisher: PublicAffairs

Mende Nazer lost her childhood at age twelve, when she was sold into slavery. It all began one horrific night in 1993, when Arab raiders swept through her Nuba village, murdering the adults and rounding up thirty-one children, including Mende.

Mende was sold to a wealthy Arab family who lived in Sudan's capital city, Khartoum. So began her dark years of

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Mende Nazer lost her childhood at age twelve, when she was sold into slavery. It all began one horrific night in 1993, when Arab raiders swept through her Nuba village, murdering the adults and rounding up thirty-one children, including Mende.

Mende was sold to a wealthy Arab family who lived in Sudan's capital city, Khartoum. So began her dark years of enslavement. Her Arab owners called her "Yebit," or "black slave." She called them "master." She was subjected to appalling physical, sexual, and mental abuse. She slept in a shed and ate the family leftovers like a dog. She had no rights, no freedom, and no life of her own.

Normally, Mende's story never would have come to light. But seven years after she was seized and sold into slavery, she was sent to work for another master—a diplomat working in the United Kingdom. In London, she managed to make contact with other Sudanese, who took pity on her. In September 2000, she made a dramatic break for freedom.

Slave is a story almost beyond belief. It depicts the strength and dignity of the Nuba tribe. It recounts the savage way in which the Nuba and their ancient culture are being destroyed by a secret modern-day trade in slaves. Most of all, it is a remarkable testimony to one young woman's unbreakable spirit and tremendous courage.

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ISBN-13:
9781586483180
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
06/13/2005
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
355,632
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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Slave 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 3 days once you start you just can't stop. Mende the writer did a wonderful job describing her couragous journey to freedom. The first couple chapters of the book do a great job of explaining Mende's life in the Nuba Mountains in Sudan, you get to know her culture her beliefs and family values. After that her world completely changes as she is captured by arab raiders who take her to a large city in sudan where she is sold as a slave to a welthy arabian family. She explains the pain of of the beatings she endured as a slave so well you yourself feel her pain. That is why you cannot help but think of what you can do to help abolish slavery in this world.
Jess443 More than 1 year ago
I was required to read this book for my World History class, but I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed it. It is very enlightening, because most people do not believe that people are still slaves today. It is very detailed, and at times graphic, but it makes Mende Nazer's story even more tragic. I really enjoyed this book - it touched my heart and I couldn't put it down.
Anita-2674 More than 1 year ago
This book is necessary for all of us to read and made me realize how fortunate I am to have human freedom and rights. Mende Nazer was riped away from her parents and family at age 12, when her Nubian village was raided. She ended up being raped repeatedly and sold to a rich family in Khartoum, where she became their slave maid. As if Mende didn't suffer enough, she endured the worst seven years of beatings, verbal abuse, and a heartbreaking degrading life by her female master-a selfish, spoiled and black hearted wealthy housewife. But Mende proved that she had the will and strength of the human spirit to overcome her tormented life as a slave. When she was sent to work for a family member of her master in the United Kingdom, Mende made contact with a Sudanese friend in the UK, who helped her secretly plan her escape and successfully fled for freedom. Mende faced a whirlwind of obstacles when she filed for asylum in the UK and was denied because the government didn't view "slavery" as a reason to be granted asylum. With the help of a lawyer, human rights organizations campaigning on Mende's behalf, and a circus of media pressures, Mende was granted asylum in the United Kingdom. She now works to help others who are currently still held captive as slaves and to make the world aware that slavery hasn't ended in other parts of the world and that we need to fight together to abolish slavery for good. This book has made me aware how our American Society takes for granted our freedom.
Super-Cute-Bookworm More than 1 year ago
I read this book and I loved it. I liked it because I could see the story and almost feel what she went through. After I read this book I felt as if Mende Nazer had been a long time friend of mine. Mende's story was very sad. Mende was a very brave girl to go through what she went through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best, yet saddest, books I've read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absoulutley outstanding. How Mende describes her life of losing and regaining her freedom. I did a report on this at my school andit really made me think hard about her struggle. Mende Nazer really has and will be an inspiration to people around the world.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Looks at bella hungrily. "Hello beautiful." He says, licking his lips.
Anonymous 9 days ago
Sitsin a a corner chained to the wall
Anonymous 3 months ago
Walks in looking at her..well am I allowed to take you or are you wanting someone else?
Anonymous 3 months ago
Waits naked, blindfoled and cuffed to a pole for her master
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a masterpiece. Once you start reading yu just can't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IT IS A SAD STORY AND IT MADE ME SAY WHATDID IT FEEL LIKE TO HAVETO LIVE LIKE THAT
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You rellay now uour yoyr stuff
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great book to read, saddened me with everything this woman went through at the hands of her capturers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I belong to a book club, and we are currently reading this book... The things that still go on in the world today, our shocking yet true.....This book will make you stop and think about life, and how would you want a family member, friend and even a co-worker to be treated...You surely would not want them to be enslaved....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I also passed it along to my 14 and 18 year old daughters who also enjoyed it. Gives you great insight as to what is happening in other countries and how thankful we should be to be free Americans. It's an easy read and a good story.
Samuel87 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Mende Nazer has been added to my hero's list. She really is an inspirational woman who has been through alot. I wish her all the best. This book has really helped me to become a better person by understanding that the world is not perfect and there is still alot of people suffering around the world. Mende Nazer had alot of patience and she never gave up hope which I thinked helped her to overcome her struggles against slavery.
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TruStory More than 1 year ago
I was meandering through the biography section looking for my next book. Then, my husband handed me this one, knowing before I ever read the cover we would be walking out of the store with it. One of the things a really enjoyed about this book was the glimpse into the life and culture of Mende's family. In fact, it is these glimpses that carried her through the many years of slavery and unjust treatment. As I read about how Mende finally escaped her captors I wanted to scream out cheering. This book is worth the time and money required to read it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
To sit down and read this book is time well spent. The authors do a brilliant job of bringing everyone in this book to life. I feel that I know Mende. I used to think that those who lived without the modern conveniences we have were missing out, but after reading about her childhood and the simplicity and happiness of her life I almost envied her at times. They found happiness in each other and had fulfilling lives during her childhood. She did a beautiful job of sharing her experiences and I could picture what she was describing. The two authors clearly worked beautifully together. Her suffering after being raided and stolen broke my heart, I read the book in two days just to learn that she was freed. To think that such things still take place in this, the 'free world' is shocking. I highly recommend this book and will not forget Mende soon.