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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (992 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Halima Bashir Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN:
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Halima Bashir was born into the Zaghawa tribe, whose customs have remained unchanged for centuries, in the remote western deserts of Sudan in the region of South Darfur. Halima's father named his daughter after the traditional medicine woman of the village, and she grew up in a happy and close-knit childhood environment. Her father became a wealthy man by his tribe's standards, so he could afford to send Halima to school and university. Halima went on to study medicine, and at 24 she returned to her tribe and began practicing as their first ever qualified doctor.

But shortly thereafter Janjaweed Arab militias began savagely assaulting the Zaghawa, often with the backing of the Sudan military. At first, Halima tried not to get involved. But in January 2004 the Janjaweed attacked her area, raping 42 schoolgirls and their teachers. Halima treated the traumatized rape victims, some of whom were as young as eight years old, then spoke up about what she had witnessed in Sudanese newspaper and to the UN charities. But the secret police came for her and Halima was interrogated and subjected to unspeakable torture and multiple rapes. She managed to escape into hiding in her home village, but Janjaweed raiders backed by helicopter gunships attacked her home. Halima's father was killed, her village turned into a smoking ruin. She knew that she had to leave for good.

Taking what little money her mother could spare her, Halima set out on an epic journey to escape the hell of Darfur. With little idea how she might get there, she chose to head for England, where a long-lost childhood cousin was waiting to marry her. Now she is determined to share her story with the world in hopes that her tale will help shed light on the hundreds of thousands of innocent and beautiful lives being snuffed out by what is quickly becoming one of the most terrible genocides of the 21st century. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shahd Fadlalmoula | 2/19/2014

    " Moving, and detailed enough so you could relive the experience! A book that was insightful, bold, and dared to reveal the secrets of an oppressive Sudanese government. Definitely a book I would re-read time and time again, and strongly recommend to anyone with an interest in culture and human rights. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 2/17/2014

    " One of the saddest books I have read in a long time. Glad to have read it to keep me reminded about Darfur. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regan | 2/16/2014

    " Fantastic, but depressing.Great first person account of Darfur. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M | 2/15/2014

    " After reading so many statistics and academic writings on Darfur, it was great to be able to read something that made the conflict feel personal. The writing isn't great, but the story is amazing. That Bashir made it out of Darfur alive seems nothing short of miraculous. It was also a great way to get some background on the Zaghawa tribe and its way of living before the war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 2/13/2014

    " I thought the book wold enlighten me more on the conflict in Darfur. What the book did do was explain was explain Dr. Bashir's life in Darfur through some of the conflict. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joelle | 1/28/2014

    " Painful and intense but great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annalise | 1/17/2014

    " The book begins with tales of growing up in a black African village (I honestly didn't know the need to differentiate between this and other types of African villages before reading this book). The author defied the odds and went to university and became a medical doctor. However, this didn't spare her or her family from the horrors that were to come from the conflict in Darfur. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Victoria | 1/13/2014

    " Found all the violence and descriptions of horrors very distressing. Couldn't finish the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kemi looves 2 read | 1/12/2014

    " Absolutely captivating and yet gut wrenching. What makes it particularly sad is that the war in Darfur still rages on today. people are displaced and families separated on a daily basis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/11/2014

    " I was humbled and inspired by Dr. Bashir's courage and bravery. I'm so glad she chose to share her story with the world. This is the book to read if you're feeling unsatisfied with your current situation in life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wunmi | 1/11/2014

    " Sad but inspiring "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 12/2/2013

    " A riveting autobiography of a female doctor who grew up in Darfur. This was better than all of the news articles I've read in terms of finally being able to understand the root of the conflict. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 11/24/2013

    " A good book ~ hard to read ~ so tragic and sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 11/8/2013

    " very quick read, finished in about two days. highly disturbing, as you can imagine from the subject matter. apparently all i read anymore is depressing stuff :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenifer | 11/7/2013

    " This was a hard book to read. It breaks your heart to think of people living in the conditions that the author had to deal with. I would have liked a little more history of the politics that led to the problems, but it was a memior so she did a pretty good job giving a little bit of background info. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 10/8/2013

    " One of those rare "cannot put down books" that you will never forget. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Conner | 3/12/2013

    " What a profound read. I learned much about women in Dafur who need compasion and help. The first section has vivid descriptions about growing up in the village, and cultural norms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronn | 11/25/2012

    " Tells a true story that equals and surpasses both the love and cruelty found in the fictional Hunger Games. Easy and informative to read but be prepared to be shocked by by the reality of what is happening in the world, it shook me to the core. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ayman Fadel | 10/10/2012

    " My review at Muslim Media Review "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Skuplik | 9/2/2012

    " This is definitely a worth while read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 8/30/2012

    " This was a great book. I read it in one day. I couldn't put it down. It opened my eyes to the struggle in Darfur and the horrible atrocities people inflict on each other, even today. Bashir is an amazing woman/hero/teacher/doctor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 8/8/2012

    " Very moving- the author describes her early life first, to ground us in the normality of their family's daily life. This makes the shock of the war moving into the Darfur region, and how that tears apart everything taken for granted, much more of an impact. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney Stockstill | 7/16/2012

    " This is the personal life story of Halima Bashir from Darfur, Sudan. It's not a story for the faint of heart. Well worth reading. The genocide in Sudan is a heart breaking story. It's unbelievable that the world community continues to let this go on! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coleen | 3/6/2012

    " Super sad... but very informative and well written.... okay. I admit. I didn't finish it. But I know what happens in the end! I think the whole tribal/cultural rituals and "normal" way of life threw me for a loop more than all the civil war and racist stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amandalee | 9/5/2011

    " Its starts with Halima's life growing up becoming a Doctor while struggling with the poltical problems in her country.... THEN the second half is so sad, REAL and an eye opener about the genocide in Sudan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Vanpatten | 4/25/2011

    " The description of her village life, the closeness of her family was very endearing. Her family support of education, and all she went through to become a medical doctor was inspiring. Then the evil, and horrors of war are all very unsettling. I wish her well and pray for her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 4/2/2011

    " I thought the book wold enlighten me more on the conflict in Darfur. What the book did do was explain was explain Dr. Bashir's life in Darfur through some of the conflict. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 3/20/2011

    " By far, one of the most brutal, tragic, and inspiring memoirs of Darfur so far! I was moved to tears for her losing her family and the horror she endured. If this doesn't inspire you to take action for Darfur, then I don't know what will. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 3/7/2011

    " This is the personal life story of Halima Bashir from Darfur, Sudan. It's not a story for the faint of heart. Well worth reading. The genocide in Sudan is a heart breaking story. It's unbelievable that the world community continues to let this go on!
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 3/7/2011

    " I found the beginning of the book to drag a bit. I understand that the author wanted to paint a picture of her childhood but it still seemed to drag. Dr Bashir is a very brave woman and I hope and pray that she is reunited with her mother and brothers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denny | 2/5/2011

    " amazing story of one woman's struggle for survival. she fought all of her life for respect and to escape the brutalities of life for a woman in sudan - refused female circumcision by her family, the prejudice against her black skin in school and the rape by the arab soldiers during the civil war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 1/2/2011

    " A riveting autobiography of a female doctor who grew up in Darfur. This was better than all of the news articles I've read in terms of finally being able to understand the root of the conflict. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifermuffick | 12/7/2010

    " Difficult to read at times, but very well written. It gave me a much greater understanding of the situation in Darfur. I have thought back to parts of the book many times since finishing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 11/26/2010

    " A very moving account. Made me angry and sad. How can people be so cruel, even evil? This is perhaps the worst kind of example of what happens when people regard those not of their group as "other" and less than human. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/3/2010

    " Please read and buy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 8/18/2010

    " An eloquent recounting of the author's childhood and education in Darfur (Sudan) and her horrific personal experiences during the Sudan government's war on Darfur which led her to exile in England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesleyvandemark | 8/11/2010

    " liked it very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joelle | 8/8/2010

    " Painful and intense but great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 7/16/2010

    " BEST NON-FICTION TO DATE!!! A must read for all non-fiction lovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 7/9/2010

    " Well written and heart wrenching. "

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About the Narrator

Rosalyn Landor has won twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the Audie Award. She has worked as an actor since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. Her extensive list of credits includes leading roles in film, theater, and audio productions, as well as in various miniseries on all the major television networks and in such productions as Masterpiece Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes and Rumpole of the Bailey.