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Tears of the Desert
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 384

Tears of the Desert

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2012-08-30
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  • Publisher: Hachette UK

Halima Bashir was born into the remote western deserts of Sudan. She grew up in a wonderfully rich environment and later went on to study medicine. At the age of twenty-four she returned to her tribe and began practising as their first ever qualified doctor. But then a dark cloud descended upon her people... Janjaweed Arab militias began savagely assaulting her people. At first, Halima tried not to get involved. But in January 2004 they attacked people in her village. Halima treated the traumatised victims and was sickened by what she saw. She decided to speak out in a Sudanese newspaper and to the UN charities. Then the secret police came for her. For days Halima was interrogated and subjected to unspeakable torture. She finally escaped but the nightmare just seemed to follow her... This inspiring story tells of one woman's determination to survive and her passion to defend her people. For the first time, we can truly understand the personal horrors of Darfur from someone who lived through it.

Persian Girls
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 304

Persian Girls

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2007-12-27
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  • Publisher: Penguin

For many years, heartache prevented Nahid Rachlin from turning her sharp novelist's eye inward: to tell the story of how her own life diverged from that of her closest confidante and beloved sister, Pari. Growing up in Iran, both refused to accept traditional Muslim mores, and dreamed of careers in literature and on the stage. Their lives changed abruptly when Pari was coerced by their father into marrying a wealthy and cruel suitor. Nahid narrowly avoided a similar fate, and instead negotiated with him to pursue her studies in America. When Nahid received the unsettling and mysterious news that Pari had died after falling down a flight of stairs, she traveled back to Iran--now under the Islamic regime--to find out what happened to her truest friend, confront her past, and evaluate what the future holds for the heartbroken in a tale of crushing sorrow, sisterhood, and ultimately, hope. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Stoning of Soraya M.
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 160

The Stoning of Soraya M.

Soraya M.’s husband, Ghorban-Ali, couldn’t afford to marry another woman. Rather than returning Soraya’s dowry, as custom required before taking a second wife, he plotted with four friends and a counterfeit mullah to dispose of her. Together, they accused Soraya of adultery. Her only crime was cooking for a friend’s widowed husband. Exhausted by a lifetime of abuse and hardship, Soraya said nothing, and the makeshift tribunal took her silence as a confession of guilt. They sentenced her to death by stoning: a punishment prohibited by Islam but widely practiced. Day by day—sometimes minute by minute—Sahebjam deftly recounts these horrendous events, tracing Soraya’s life with searing immediacy, from her arranged marriage and the births of her children to her husband’s increasing cruelty and her horrifying execution, where, by tradition, her father, husband, and sons hurled the first stones. A stark look at the intersection between culture and justice, this is one woman’s story, but it stands for the stories of thousands of women who suffered—and continue to suffer—the same fate. It is a story that must be told.

La bambina di sabbia
  • Language: it
  • Pages: 325

La bambina di sabbia

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2011
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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The Translator
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 224

The Translator

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2008-06-05
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  • Publisher: Penguin UK

Daoud Hari lost a way of life in Darfur. But amidst the carnage and turmoil, he found a new calling... As a Zaghawa tribesman in the Darfur region of Sudan, Daoud Hari grew up racing camels across the desert, attending gloriously colourful weddings and, when his work was done, playing games under the moonlight. But in 2003, helicopter gunships swooped down on Darfur's villages and shattered that way of life for ever. Soon, Sudanese government-backed militias, attacking on horseback, came to murder, rape and burn. To drive the tribesmen from their lands. When Hari's village was attacked and destroyed, his family was decimated and dispersed. He escaped, and together with a group of friends roa...

Tranen van de woestijn
  • Language: nl

Tranen van de woestijn

Het indringende en persoonlijke verhaal van een Afrikaanse vrouw die vastbesloten is te overleven en haar stam te verdedigen. Halima Bashir wordt geboren in een dorp in westelijk Soedan, als lid van de vrijgevochten Zaghawa-stam. Ze heeft een onbezorgde jeugd in een liefdevol gezin. Omdat ze goed kan leren, mag ze naar de universiteit. Na haar studie medicijnen keert ze terug naar haar dorp, als eerste arts van haar stam. Maar de idylle wordt wreed verstoord door de komst van Arabische Janjaweed-krijgers die het dorp aanvallen en vrouwen en kinderen verkrachten. Na hun vertrek vertelt Halima aan journalisten en VN-waarnemers wat ze heeft gezien. En daarmee begint haar eigen nachtmerrie. Ze w...

First Kill Your Family
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 320

First Kill Your Family

"Richard Opio has neither the look of a cold-blooded killer nor the heart of one. Yet as his mother and father lay on the ground with their hands tied, Richard used the blunt end of an ax to crush their skulls. He was ordered to do this by a unit commander of the Lord's Resistance Army, a rebel group that has terrorized northern Uganda for twenty years. The memory racks Richard's slender body as he wipes away tears." For more than twenty years, beginning in the mid-1980s, the Lord's Resistance Army has ravaged northern Uganda. Tens of thousands have been slaughtered, and thousands more mutilated and traumatized. At least 1.5 million people have been driven from a pastoral existence into the ...

The American Genocide
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 119

The American Genocide

Attempting to uncover the cause of his mother's unexpected death, Slaughter pieces together parts of the puzzle and discovers that a recall of blood tainted with HIV was delayed for two years. His mother and thousands of others had apparently been the victims of blood poisoning and a massive cover-up.

Saviors and Survivors
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 416

Saviors and Survivors

From the author of Good Muslim, Bad Muslim comes an important book, unlike any other, that looks at the crisis in Darfur within the context of the history of Sudan and examines the world’s response to that crisis. In Saviors and Survivors, Mahmood Mamdani explains how the conflict in Darfur began as a civil war (1987—89) between nomadic and peasant tribes over fertile land in the south, triggered by a severe drought that had expanded the Sahara Desert by more than sixty miles in forty years; how British colonial officials had artificially tribalized Darfur, dividing its population into “native” and “settler” tribes and creating homelands for the former at the expense of the latte...

Against the Odds
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 150

Against the Odds

Yn y llyfr ysgolheigaidd newydd hwn gan y Sefydliad Materion Cymreig, mae Harold Carter yn bwrw golwg ar beth yw hunaniaeth ac ar gamp hynod y Cymry yn gwrthsefyll cymathu diwylliannol â Lloegr. Mae'r gyfrol hefyd yn edrych ar bwysigrwydd iaith fel nod ar gyfer hunaniaeth a'r penbleth y gall achosi yn y cyd-destun Cymreig. -- Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru