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Slave: The True Story of a Girl's Lost Childhood and Her FIght for Survival Paperback – 6 Dec 2007
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a powerful memoir...shocking and very moving...her book is an eloquent testament to the ability of a brave soul to survive, and to the need to bring an end to slavery. (Susan McKay, Sunday Tribune)
All the cliches of such survival stories - 'life-affirming, heartwarming'- are inadequate to describe the emotional impact of [Mende's] eventual deliverance. (Observer)
Intensely moving (Waterstone's Books Quarterly)
An eloquent testament to the ability of a brave soul to survive, and to the need to bring an end to slavery (Sunday Tribune)
The extraordinary story of a young Sudanese girl who was kidnapped and sold into slavery and how she finally escaped to freedom.See all Product description
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Mende's story starts with the harsh and brutal realities of being born female in a Sudanese mountain tribe, however it was a loving and laughter rich childhood. One night the Mujahidin raided her village and abducted many children, including 12-year-old Mende. Soon sold into Slavery to a Muslim Arab family in Khartoum, her story is horrific and her resilience astounding.
Treated as a source of livestock for slavery the Southern Sudanese tribes including the Nuba, the Mujahidin hacked to death and burnt homes in their raids to steal children.
Slavery still goes on today throughout the world.
This book serves as a reminder that slavery still exists and opened my eyes to the nuba people and the war in Sudan.
Mende's memoire documents her own traumatic and the de-humanising experiences of being taken from her family and sold off into the slave trade and sends a clear message that mende nazar's voice will be heard. She will no longer be dehumanized or silenced.
This is a very personal story, told with much warmth, humour and compassion by a woman of great strengh and spirit which will hopefully raise awarness on the wider issues of people trafficking, slavery, the difficulties of war and the inequality in the world today.
I highly recommend you read this book and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
Treated worse than an animal you empathise with the character. Being owned like an animal and literally worked almost to death, starved and beaten you wonder how she survived
I could not begin to believe that human beings could treat a fellow human being with such contempt and cruelty.
It proves that the human spirit is indomintable.
A must read.
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