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The True Story of a Girl's Lost Childhood and Her FIght for Survival

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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.

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Compelling and shocking story

It's hard to comprehend that such horror and emotional and physical abuse can be inflicted on any human being and yet one can emerge with such strength of spirit. Opened my naive eyes to the world of modern day slavery.

Wow! An amazing MUST read

Reading Mende's horrific story was such a shock. Although the Western world is aware of women still being a minority in Islamic countries and elsewhere, I honestly had no idea slaves were being housed in London, of all places.

Her story is heartbreaking, a mere child being treated like a dog, whilst these horrendous women sit around their homes allowing it.

I only hope more books, and more women in these dreadful situations can speak out, have their books published and the world puts a stop to this barbaric treatment once and for all.

Thank you Mende, for your brave story. I hope the rest of your life unfolds beautifully for you, and that you see your family soon. You (like many others in your situation) are truly remarkable.

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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: 02 December 2010
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Seller: Hachette UK
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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