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.
©2008 Halima Bashir, Damien Lewis; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This story was written very well and some parts are very hard to listen to, my face was cringing. On the other hand it has made me very curious about the war in Sudan, something I really hadn't known about until I read the book Slave, which led me to reading this book, I just can't believe that this is still going on today!!!
The story was interesting and enlightening. I had no knowledge of the horrrors that some people endured in Darfur. Halima Bashir relays the story of her journey through hell to freedom. Overall, I am glad to have read it, but found it a litte slow sometimes. It was not a book I couldn't put down.
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