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Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur Audiobook (Unabridged)

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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:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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. "

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