Slave : My True Story

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Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2004-01-07
Publisher(s): Perseus Books Group
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Mende Nazer lost her childhood. It all began one horrific night in 1993, when Arab raiders swept through her Nuba village on horseback. The raiders set fire to the village huts. They murdered the adults by slitting their throats with knives. They rounded up thirty-one young children. Mende was twelve.
A slave trader brought Mende to Sudan's capital city, Khartoum, and sold her to a wealthy Arab family. So began Mende's dark years of enslavement. Her Arab owners called her "yebit," or "black slave." She was subjected to appalling physical, sexual, and mental abuse. She slept in a shed and ate the family leftovers like a dog. She had no rights, no freedom, and no life of her own. The only thing that kept her alive was the hope that she might see her family again.
Thousands of other child-slaves have suffered a similar fate. Normally, Mende's story never would have come to light. But seven years after she was seized and sold into slavery, she was sent to work for another master - a diplomat in London. In a desperate attempt to flee, she managed to make contact with other Sudanese, who took pity on her. In September 2000, she made a dramatic break for freedom.

Author Biography

Mende Nazer is approximately twenty-three years old (the Nuba keep no record of birth dates). In 2003, she was granted political asylum by the British government. She currently lives in London. Mende speaks frequently about her slavery experience in front of student groups, human rights organizations, and government assemblies. Her greatest dream is to see her family again. Damien Lewis is a British journalist who helped Mende escape. He reports widely on human rights abuses in Sudan. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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