[my True Story]

Book - 2003
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Mende Nazer's happy childhood was cruelly cut short at the age of twelve when the Mujahidin rode into her village in the remote Nuba mountains of Sudan. They hacked down terrified villagers, raped the women and abducted the children. Mende was them. She was taken and sold to an Arab woman in Khartoum. She was stripped of her name and her freedom. For seven long years she was kept as a domestic slave, an 'abid', without any pay or a single day off. Her food was the leftover scraps and her bed was the floor of the locked-up garden shed. She endured this harsh and lonely existence without knowing whether her family was alive or dead, for seven long years. Passed on by her master, like a parcel, to a relative in London, Mende eventually managed to escape to freedom. Slave is a shocking first-person insight into the modern day slave trade. It is also a fascinating memoir of an African childhood and a moving testimony to a young girl's indomitable spirit in the face of adversity.
Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, 2003
ISBN: 9781844081165
Characteristics: vii, 350 pages
Additional Contributors: Lewis, Damien


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Jul 01, 2015

Wonderful account of a childhood cut short and the traumatic years that followed.

stellaau Sep 23, 2013

I couldn't put this book down! I read the whole in 2 days. Mende Nazer suffered so much but she is so strong and so brave. I hope she can see her family one day.

Wonderfully told.

I read this book so quickly and could hardly wait to finish it.

The stories she shares are heavy and personal.

I even had to follow up. I just had to know where she is now and is she able to help others. This book made me ask what I can do.

It is a scary truth about slavery today.

A really good read.

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