Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur

Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur

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Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur by Halima Bashir, Damien Lewis, Rosalyn Landor

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.

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ISBN-13: 9781423367857
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 09/09/2008
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 1
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Halima Bashir was born into the remote western deserts of Sudan in the region of South Darfur, to the fiercely independent Zaghawa tribe. She went on to study medicine, and at age twenty-four she returned to her tribe and began practicing as their first ever qualified doctor, until Janjaweed Arab militias began savagely assaulting the Zaghawa, invariably with the backing of the Sudan army and air force. She now lives in England with her husband and young son where she continues to speak out about the violence in the Sudan.

Damien Lewis has spent the last twenty years reporting from war, disaster and conflict zones across the African continent, with a particular focus and expertise in Sudan. He was the co-author, with Mende Nazer, of SLAVE, the first hand account of a young Nuba woman sold into slavery in Sudan. This book was published in twenty-one languages and has topped bestseller lists world wide, and it won the Index on Censorship Book Award (2004). His reporting this year from Darfur won the BBC One World Award, and he continues to report regularly from across the African continent.

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GtzLstNRding More than 1 year ago
A beatifully written story that shows the highlights of a county most of us dream of visiting. It also takes you on a terrible turn of all the horrific injustices and inhuman actions that began and are still currently taking place. The story takes you on the journey of a young girl with dreams, to a couragous, well educated woman desire for safety and justice.
Shirley_Holmes More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing eye-opening book, you feel like you are there with Halima.
mvarnell More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.