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Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur This is not for the faint hearted.An autobiographical account of the war in the Darfur region of Sudan, seen through the eyes of a woman who becomes a doctor The book starts very gently, depicting the beautiful community in which Halima grows up Her village is filled with characters and steeped in her Zaghawa culture The community collectively raise children, neighbours and relatives are all closely involved in everyone s life Perhaps in the west we would find this intrusive but it is portra This is not for the faint hearted.An autobiographical account of the war in the Darfur region of Sudan, seen through the eyes of a woman who becomes a doctor The book starts very gently, depicting the beautiful community in which Halima grows up Her village is filled with characters and steeped in her Zaghawa culture The community collectively raise children, neighbours and relatives are all closely involved in everyone s life Perhaps in the west we would find this intrusive but it is portrayed clearly showing both the good and the negative ie Halima is disapproved of by some, as she is at medical school rather than married Yet each family is watched over and given food and assistance as needed.As the war comes closer Halima is drawn into caring for fighters who come down to her village to have their injuries tended to this places her in the firing line with the government forces.Without giving away the main parts of the story, Halima has to flee following terrible events and makes her way to London, where she has to battle not to be sent back.An eye opening read on yet not another confllict where the world failed to act on behalf of innocent people I highly recommend this book to all those wishing to knowabout the Darfur Conflict Darfur Genocide that began in 2003 The Sudan Liberation Movement SLM accuse the Sudanese government of oppressing non Arab Sudanese, i.e the black Africans of Sudan When Britain left Sudan they left it in the hands of the Arabs The guerrilla conflict is between the blacks and the Arabs of Sudan The Arabs had been a nomadic people, the blacks were farmers With the support of the Sudanese government, I highly recommend this book to all those wishing to knowabout the Darfur Conflict Darfur Genocide that began in 2003 The Sudan Liberation Movement SLM accuse the Sudanese government of oppressing non Arab Sudanese, i.e the black Africans of Sudan When Britain left Sudan they left it in the hands of the Arabs The guerrilla conflict is between the blacks and the Arabs of Sudan The Arabs had been a nomadic people, the blacks were farmers With the support of the Sudanese government, the Janjaweed, a Sudanese militia group recruited primarily from the Arabized indigenous Africans, have murdered, raped and burned black African villages throughout Darfur This book is about one woman, a Black Muslim who grew up in a village of Darfur She has lived through this genocide The book was published in 2008 The conflict remained unresolved art this time The number killed, by disease, starvation and direct violence, is disputed, but most likely it significantly exceeds 450,000 You learn both about the genocide and the traditions and customs of the black villagers, the people of the Zaghawa tribe Halima Bashir, the author, was educated in Sudan and became a doctor Her own dreadful female circumcision influenced her wish to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology This book, describing her experiences and her life story, is hard to put down When I really enjoy a book I will add a passage into my little review as I will do here The war continued on during my final year at university she is studying to become a medical doctor rare for a black African from the bush in her country and war seemed to have overridden everything, making years of study seem somehow so irrelevant My final year tutor tried to encourage me I had attended each and every one of my lectures and he knew that I stood to do well Those students who skippe When I really enjoy a book I will add a passage into my little review as I will do here The war continued on during my final year at university she is studying to become a medical doctor rare for a black African from the bush in her country and war seemed to have overridden everything, making years of study seem somehow so irrelevant My final year tutor tried to encourage me I had attended each and every one of my lectures and he knew that I stood to do well Those students who skipped lectures used to rely on me to copy their lecture notes from The three weeks of final examinations were hell but I felt confident that I had done well All that remained now was for me to pass my oral exam my viva The viva is a one on one interview, and I knew it could make all the difference in getting a top mark As I stood before my tutor and the outside examiner, I felt confident that they would back me with a strong recommendation The external examiner asked me a few easily answered questions and then turned to my tutor to ask how my attendance had been at lectures I m afraid that s the one area wherein this pupil has failed to excel, he remarked If truth be told, there were many times where she failed to attend As her tutor I have looked into this, and I understand that she had a similarly poor record with all lectures I stood there in shock, refusing to believe what I had just heard Barely a month ago my tutor had been congratulating me on my perfect attendance Yet here he was telling the external examiner a pack of lies The examiner fixed me with a stern eye but I could detect just a hint of an amused sneer Failure to attend lectures is a serious matter Your studies are about saving a human life I cannot think of another degree qualification that carries such onerous responsibility I did attend I attended everythingall of my studies In fact, I can t think of a single lecture that I missed I saw the examiner scribble a note onto my viva Your duty as a doctor is not only to uphold life, he remarked, without glancing up at me It is also to be truthfulyour viva is over You may go now I turned to leave the room and as I reached for the door handle I felt hot tears of rage prickling my eyes Just as soon as I stepped out of my room my friends were asking me what had happened Rania wiped my tears from my face, as she tried to comfort me The tutor is a coward, she told me as she gave me a reassuring hug A coward and a liar No one has a better attendance than you and everyone knows it You know what this is all about It s their way to make sure that you don t get a top mark The examiner s been put there by the government and the tutor is scared of him Several of the other students agreed With Darfuris rebelling across the country, how could they let me, a Darfuri, come in at the top of the year I had been marked down as a shirker and a liar in my viva that s how they got me in the end I felt so cheated and betrayed, as if the system and the country itself were against me Can you imagine this happening to someone where you live and all just because of the color of their skin I m not even done reading this book but for some reason I had to stop and get this down It s an interesting look at the life of Halima Bashir who is lucky to belong to a family full of love and reading about them has made me laugh out loud several times and happiness The war is just starting though so I am scared to find out what may happen in the end So far, I think it will be a 5 star rating but I still have the second half to read If ever there was a book that fit the description life changing than this is that book Dr Bashir writes elegantly about her idealic almost too fantasticly perfect youth and upbringing in the as yet war torn southern Sudan Her peaceful, intelligent and wealthy father Her quiet and nurturing mother and her traditional and fierce, warrior of a grandmother all live in harmony with nature and each other Then like a sudden thunderbolt her peace is shattered not by war but the insiduous tradit If ever there was a book that fit the description life changing than this is that book Dr Bashir writes elegantly about her idealic almost too fantasticly perfect youth and upbringing in the as yet war torn southern Sudan Her peaceful, intelligent and wealthy father Her quiet and nurturing mother and her traditional and fierce, warrior of a grandmother all live in harmony with nature and each other Then like a sudden thunderbolt her peace is shattered not by war but the insiduous traditional custom of female circumcision..which is really a euphemision for genital mutilationI had a tough time getting through these explicit passages..where once I may have wavered in my condemnation of the practice.in deference to African tribal and religious traditions..any such excuses escape me now That the female elders of the village, who had themselves endured it, were the enforcers of the practice says a lot about the sometimes destructive power of traditional ingrained notions and attitudes toward sex and gender But as life somehow returns to normal for them, each days readings becomesfilled with trepidation for me because I already know that these very vividly drawn people are going to come to a malevolent end And they do..and it rips your heart out if you have any human compassionThat Dr Bashir somehow escaped does not make up for the lost lives and destruction and famine unleashed in the name of religious and ethnic intolerance Why humans continue to pat themselves on the back for their civilization while allowing unbridled genocide and racism because it is Arab African racism at the heart of the conflict free riegn I ll never understand Gosh, it s appears kind of disrespectful to give stars for enjoying this book It is a harrowing read but is beautifully told and I have nothing but admiration for this young lady How can fellow human beings be so unkind Thank you for having the courage to share and I hope you have found the peace that you deserve.Warning, this book contains graphic details on torture, rape and FGM. The writing skills arethan adequate but not at a 5 star level, but little else could push me to cut this one from the full load reward Good Earth, and Snowflower and the Secret Fan territory here.Halima tells her own life s story in this non fiction memoir of her girlhood in Darfur and the events she experienced until 2011 No spoilers, and that is no easy feat But this book holds incredible honesty from the heart AND from the intellect.Reading like an Anthropology Ethnography of her Zag The writing skills arethan adequate but not at a 5 star level, but little else could push me to cut this one from the full load reward Good Earth, and Snowflower and the Secret Fan territory here.Halima tells her own life s story in this non fiction memoir of her girlhood in Darfur and the events she experienced until 2011 No spoilers, and that is no easy feat But this book holds incredible honesty from the heart AND from the intellect.Reading like an Anthropology Ethnography of her Zaghawa tribe from the Sudanese desert, it yet reveals stupendous levels of detail and base cognition of her own world Not only hers, but that of her clan 3 basic clans make up the whole of the Zaghawa The deep nuance achieved for her Grandmother, Father, brothers that alone is enough to sustain interest Not just in personality, but in the onus of their eyes to connection, daily actions and future plans, but absolutely in the belief of what they know about themselves, as well This all in a family unit that lives in close quarters and within a mesh of 24 7 economic, educational, aspirational, physical entwining Few secrets remain.Her connection with and support and love by her Father is explained and celebrated to the point it deserves A fair and savvy man in herding, trading and with intelligent good intent as his base, his character became Halima s support and empowerment.The honesty and bravery in telling this factual story, right now in this era of double talk and generic labeling to cause or blame With all that she has been through, I believe the most courage will be needed in what comes ahead for Halima.If reality of life for girls who experience genitalia mutilation, called female circumcision, is impossible for your perusal, than you will have difficulty with some aspects here Put it on a scale, at least, to the foot breaking in Snowflower But consider that 140 million women on this Earth live this and have not just read about it Nearly all of those on the scale of Halima s complete removal, and almost entirely within the continent of Africa Halima has a white eyelash from birth, which makes her lucky and special She is the only child of her parents for 5 years and becomes her father s heart Her love of learning inspires her Father to support her in a course to become, eventually, a medical doctor Her travails in schools and in transport are a delightful book in itself Schooling is SO different in various cultures, that all of these years were enjoyable to read about Her groups of friends, and divisions of competitions never a whole Cultural clash in essence exists predominantly in each aspect of life Style, gender relationships, self identity, neighborhood style and interaction, electrical or mechanical use, food you name it And believe me, not any different than areas holding 4 or 5 ethnic and racial divides on the South and West sides of Chicago in this and the last century Over some years Janjaweed Arabic Islamic Jihad topples the short lived democratic government and Halima s life becomesdifficult It little matters that her people are also Muslim, because they are considered Black slaves and dogs The last quarter of the book tells of her girl school s raid and her doctoring of the victims, her village s fate of her witness, and the aftermath to her escape out of Africa She and all of her relatives are on a hit list as prime enemies, but absolutely in connection to her, herself So they must completely separate Her Mother and sister going to Chad cousins Some known details are written up in after notes As of 2011, she is still not knowing locations or even if they or her brothers are alive Her exact legal processing to become an English citizen is also in the last parts of the book.Horror Oh yes, horror of war and genocide But there is far, farin this memoir And that s why I had to give it a 5 star It will remain in my memory The clouds of locust, the bad goat all of it But most of all it is her moral core, levels of supreme honesty and bravery that I will remember I sure hope her message is heard The world ignores the beheadings of children and burning of babies, as someone else s problem Opening her difficult and so deeply revealing life s story, may help the world to know what cores the tragedy that is prevailing i knew little about darfur and the conflict there before i read this book i would say it s an easy way to learn about the general relations and cause of conflict in the country, tied up in a very disturbing and personal account of one woman s life before and during the genocide i cannot imagine the amount of courage it must have taken halima bashir to write this book you cannot help but be moved by this book not only will it shock you when you read what human beings are capable of doing to e i knew little about darfur and the conflict there before i read this book i would say it s an easy way to learn about the general relations and cause of conflict in the country, tied up in a very disturbing and personal account of one woman s life before and during the genocide i cannot imagine the amount of courage it must have taken halima bashir to write this book you cannot help but be moved by this book not only will it shock you when you read what human beings are capable of doing to each other, but it will also make you realize how strong the human spirit can be in the face of adversity like this bashir is a brave woman, and i pray that her country will one day be restored to peace Words escape me right now This woman s story is one of the most tragic I have ever read in my life My God, human endurance knows no boundsAll I can say is read this book Like the single white eyelash that graces her row of dark lashes seen by her people as a mark of good fortune Halima Bashir s story stands out 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 the uncompromising spirit of a young woman who refused to be silencedBorn into the Zaghawa tribe in the Sudanese desert, Halima was doted on by her father, a cattle herder, and kept in line by her formidable grandmother A politically astute man, Halima s father saw to it that his daughter received a good education away from their rural surroundings Halima excelled in her studies and exams, surpassing even the privileged Arab girls who looked down their noses at the black Africans With her love of learning and her father s support, Halima went on to study medicine, and at twenty four became her village s first formal doctorYet not even the symbol of good luck that dotted her eye could protect her from the encroaching conflict that would consume her land Janjaweed Arab militias started savagely assaulting the Zaghawa, often with the backing of the Sudanese military Then, in early , 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 eventsIn this harrowing and heartbreaking account, Halima Bashir sheds light on the hundreds of thousands of innocent lives being eradicated by what is fast becoming one of the most terrifying genocides of the twenty first century Raw and riveting, Tears of the Desert is than just a memoir it is Halima Bashir s global call to action ✫ Fisica 1 - Principios y 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