Tears of the Desert

A Memoir of Survival in Darfur

By Halima Bashir; Damien Lewis
(One World, Paperback, 9780345510464, 335pp.)

Publication Date: September 29, 2009

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Born into the Zaghawa tribe in the Sudanese desert, Halima Bashir received a good education away from her rural surroundings (thanks to her doting, politically astute father) and at twenty-four became her village's first formal doctor. Yet not even Bashir's degree could protect her from the encroaching conflict that would consume her homeland. Janjaweed Arab militias savagely assaulted the Zaghawa, often with the backing of the Sudanese military. Then, in early 2004, the Janjaweed attacked Bashir's village and surrounding areas, raping forty-two schoolgirls and their teachers. Bashir, who treated the traumatized victims, some as young as eight years old, could no longer remain quiet. But breaking her silence ignited a horrifying turn of events.
Raw and riveting, Tears of the Desert is the first memoir ever written by a woman caught up in the war in Darfur. It is a survivor's tale of a conflicted country, a resilient people, and an uncompromising spirit.



About the Author
Halima Bashirgrew up in Sudan, where she worked as a doctor until she was forced to flee her homeland in 2005. She currently lives in London with her husband and young son. Her asylum claim has not yet been accepted. She writes under a pseudonym to protect her remaining family in Sudan from further reprisals.

Damien Lewis is a lifelong dog lover and award-winning writer who has spent twenty years reporting from war, disaster, and conflict zones for BBC, CNN, and many other news organizations. He is the author or coauthor of more than twenty books, including "Sergeant Rex" with Mike Dowling and "It's All About Treo" with Dave Heyhoe, which is being developed as a TV drama series.
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