Tears of the Desert : A Memoir of Survival in Darfur

ISBN-10: 0345506251
ISBN-13: 9780345506252
Edition: 2008
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Description: Like the single white eyelash that graces her row of dark lashesseen by her people as a mark of good fortuneHalima 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  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/9/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Like the single white eyelash that graces her row of dark lashesseen by her people as a mark of good fortuneHalima 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 memoirit is Halima Bashir's global call to action.

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Author's Notep. xi
Child of the Desert
The Namingp. 3
Grandma's Trip to the Lost Valleyp. 13
Moon-Bone Madnessp. 27
Mo, Omer, and Mep. 39
The Cutting Timep. 52
School of the Desert
School Daysp. 69
Fight Schoolp. 82
Resistance for Grandmap. 94
The White Eyelash Attackp. 106
Cousins in Lovep. 117
Dream to Bep. 128
Desert of Fire
Med Schoolp. 137
University of Jihadp. 150
Rumors of Warp. 160
Medicine Womanp. 169
Accident and Emergencyp. 179
Mission to Mazkhabadp. 190
Rebel Doctorp. 201
Black Dogs and Slavesp. 211
They Come for Mep. 222
A Long-Distance Weddingp. 232
The Devil Horsemenp. 238
A Time of Fearp. 248
Desert of No Return
Escape from Darfurp. 261
The Hostel of Despairp. 270
In London, In Lovep. 280
Breaking the Silencep. 287
Will to Livep. 297
Epiloguep. 305
Glossaryp. 311
Acknowledgmentsp. 315
About the Authorsp. 317
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