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Slave

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

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Description

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.

From Publishers Weekly

20 October 2003 – Born into the Karko tribe in the Nuba mountains of northern Sudan, Nazer has written a straightforward, harrowing memoir that's a sobering reminder that slavery still needs to be stamped out. The first, substantial section of the book concentrates on Nazer's idyllic childhood, made all the more poignant for the misery readers know is to come. Nazer is presented as intelligent and headstrong, and her people as peaceful, generous and kind. In 1994, around age 12 (the Nuba do not keep birth records), Nazer was snatched by Arab raiders, raped and shipped to the nation's capital, Khartoum, where she was installed as a maid for a wealthy suburban family. (For readers expecting her fate to include a grimy factory or barren field, the domesticity of her prison comes as a shock.) To Nazer, the modern landscape of Khartoum could not possibly have been more alien; after all, she had never seen even a spoon, a mirror or a sink, much less a telephone or television set. Nazer's urbane tormentors mostly the pampered housewife beat her frequently and dehumanized her in dozens of ways. They were affluent, petty and calculatedly cruel, all in the name of "keeping up appearances." The contrast between Nazer's pleasant but "primitive" early life and the horrors she experienced in Khartoum could hardly be more stark; it's an object lesson in the sometimes dehumanizing power of progress and creature comforts. After seven years, Nazer was sent to work in the U.K., where she contacted other Sudanese and eventually escaped to freedom. Her book is a profound meditation on the human ability to survive virtually any circumstances. may spark increased curiosity in this urgent subject.

Customer Reviews

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.

Slave

Wow, what a beautiful and horrific story, I read this book because my daughter was reading it for her year 12 English, I am so glad I got the chance to read Mende's story, it made me cry

Slave
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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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