9781586483180

Slave : My True Story

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  • ISBN13:

    9781586483180

  • ISBN10:

    1586483188

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/26/2005
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group

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Summary

Mende Nazer lost her childhood at age twelve, when she was sold into slavery. It all began one horrific night in 1993, when Arab raiders swept through her Nuba village, murdering the adults and rounding up thirty-one children, including Mende. Mende was sold to a wealthy Arab family who lived in Sudan's capital city, Khartoum. So began her dark years of enslavement. Her Arab owners called her "Yebit," or "black slave." She called them "master." 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. 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 mastera diplomat working in the United Kingdom. In London, she managed to make contact with other Sudanese, who took pity on her. In September 2000, she made a dramatic break for freedom. Slaveis a story almost beyond belief. It depicts the strength and dignity of the Nuba tribe. It recounts the savage way in which the Nuba and their ancient culture are being destroyed by a secret modern-day trade in slaves. Most of all, it is a remarkable testimony to one young woman's unbreakable spirit and tremendous courage.

Author Biography

Mende Nazer is approximately twenty-three years old (the Nuba keep no record of birth dates). She was granted political asylum by the British government in 2003. She currently lives in London.

Damien Lewis is a British journalist who has reported widely from Sudan and helped Mende escape. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1(8)
PART ONE MY CHILDHOOD WITH THE NUBA
1 My Home
9(17)
2 Ba and Me
26(13)
3 A Family Wedding
39(8)
4 The Arab School
47(6)
5 Of Snakes and Spirits
53(9)
6 TheWrestling Time
62(16)
7 The Cutting Time
78(6)
8 My Dream
84(9)
PART TWO INTO SLAVERY
9 Allahu Akhbar!
93(8)
10 The Dark Forest
101(9)
11 To Khartoum
110(8)
12 The Slave Traders
118(12)
13 Sold
130(7)
14 Master Rahab
137(14)
15 No Escape
151(7)
16 Blood Rites
158(5)
17 Death Threats
163(7)
18 Identity Crisis
170(10)
19 Hospital Horrors
180(12)
20 Revenge
192(4)
21 Rescue Me
196(6)
22 Of Slavery and Chastity
202(8)
23 London Bound?
210(4)
24 They're Alive!
214(5)
25 New Millennium, New Slave
219(10)
PART THREE JOURNEY TO FREEDOM
26 Telling Lies
229(8)
27 Nanu's Story
237(10)
28 Fear of Flying
247(11)
29 False Hopes
258(21)
30 Death Wish
279(9)
31 Salvation
288(23)
PART FOUR TRULY FREE?
32 Fear of Freedom
311(8)
33 Desperately Seeking Asylum
319(10)
34 Sanctuary
329(8)
A Note from Damien Lewis 337(10)
Acknowledgments 347

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