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Tears of the Desert


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Halima Bashir lives with her husband and son in England, where she continues to speak out about the violence in Sudan.

Damien Lewis has spent the last twenty years reporting from war zones in Africa, with a particular focus and expertise in Sudan. His reporting from Darfur won the BBC One World Award. He is the internationally bestselling co-author of Slave, winner of the Index on Censorship Book Award.


This astounding memoir by Sudanese doctor Bashir relates the harrowing account of Janjaweed Arab militias that attacked her Zaghawa village of in 2004 and raped 42 school girls and their teachers. Bashir was left with the unimaginable task of treating every young girl and woman while trying to keep her anger in check for fear of retaliation. Bashir's stories are heartbreaking, and Rosalyn Landor captures the Sudanese dialect perfectly as well as the melancholy that abounds in Bashir's written account. Landor brilliantly steps into Bashir's shoes and assumes her identity so seamlessly that listeners will believe they are hearing it from the author herself. A One World hardcover (Reviews, June 6). (Sept.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Author Bashir, a young Zaghawa woman, begins her account of the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan by sharing her early experiences of prejudice; these are graphically overshadowed by the 2004 Janjaweed raid on the rural village where she practices medicine, which galvanizes her to greater political awareness. Actress/narrator Rosalyn Landor masterfully captures the fears of this brave survivor and the incomparable sense of loss that too many of us are ignoring. A very troubling but necessary listen; highly recommended. [Audio clip available through]-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"This memoir helps keep the Darfur tragedy open as a wound not yet healed."--Elie Wiesel, author of Night

"This is a brave book. And a valuable one. Halima's story of the atrocities and immeasurable losses she has endured must be told. The world continues to turn a deaf ear to the cries from the Darfur region, and our failure to protect this tortured population is a measure of who we are as a global 'community'. Still, Halima leaves us with hope and awe in the face of her courage."--Mia Farrow, actor and advocate "Halima Bashir has bared her soul to help stop the bleeding of her people in Darfur. Attention must be paid."--John Prendergast, co-chair of the ENOUGH Project and co-author of Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond "A harrowing and beautifully written tale of a rich life, untold suffering, and impossible hope told from the heart of a fellow African sister. Read this as the tragedy that has overcome our long-suffering country, Sudan."--Mende Nazer, author of Slave

"Halima's story is fantastic and exhausting, perhaps all the more so because I can see and hear and feel the people and places she describes. People need to be drawn into Darfur through stories like this, to cut through the statistics and the horror and to come back to the humanity-to families, love, hope, and courage and the normality of life in such abnormal circumstances."--Lisa French Blaker, author of Heart of Darfur

"The genocide in Darfur has found its Anne Frank. The slaughter inflicted on the African peoples of western Sudan is one of modern Africa's darkest episodes but one Darfuri woman, Halima Bashir, rips through diplomatic compromise and political double-speak to lay bear Darfur's ghastly reality. A searingly frank testimonial of a war crime that deserves all our attention.'"--Tim Butcher, author of Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart

"Bashir, a physician and refugee living in London, offers a vivid personal portrait of life in the Darfur region of Sudan before the catastrophe . . . This is a vehement cri de coeur, but in showing what she suffered, and lost, Bashir makes it resonate."--Publishers Weekly

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