Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur (MP3 CD)
Born 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 she became her village's first formal doctor. Yet 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 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. In this harrowing and heartbreaking account, Halima Bashir sheds light on the hundreds of thousands of innocent lives being eradicated in what has surely become the most terrifying genocide of the twenty-first century. Raw and riveting, Tears of the Desert is more than just a memoir it is Halima Bashir's global call to action.
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.
Rosalyn Landor has worked as an actress since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. She is an Audie Award nominee and winner, and she has won several "AudioFile" Earphones Awards. Rosalyn has also been chosen by "AudioFile" magazine as a Best Voice of 2009 and 2010.
Damien Lewis is a lifelong dog lover and award-winning writer who has spent twenty years reporting from war, disaster, and conflict zones for the BBC, CNN, and many other news organizations. He is the author of more than twenty books, topping bestseller lists worldwide, and is published in over thirty languages. He is also the coauthor of two acclaimed memoirs about military working dogs, "Sergeant Rex "with" "Mike Dowling and "It's All About Treo" with Dave Heyhoe, which is being developed as a TV drama series.