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Tears of the Desert by Halima Bashir
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May 06, 2008

it was amazing
Recommended for: everyone who cares about the human race
Read in December, 2008

This book is a memoir of a brave and powerful child, a young adult, and an adult named Halima Bashir. She is highly educated and studied hard to become a medical doctor thanks to the generosity and foresight of her beloved father who lived in the rural regions of Sudan with Halima's family. Halima lived through the genocide of Darfur. She secretly tried to cure soldiers, her own people, from the attacks of the Janjaweed Arab militias. She was the doctor in a small village north of Sudan when hundreds of raped and traumatized eight year old students were attacked in their school, carried in the arms of their parents, seeking Halima's expertise and aide. Halima was "wanted" by her country for doctoring her countrymen and speaking publicly against these inhumane attacks. Halima used all of her family's money and gold to escape to London to unite with the husband that she had married in her village in name only, (he was in London seeking asylum at the time of their marriage. The story continues to reveal the hardships of seeking asylum, being denied, reapplying, only to be denied again. The genocide in Darfur continues while the world looks on....I was really surprised that the Chinese are supporting the Sudanese regime. (Sudan pumps 500,000 barrels of oil per day, China's greatest signle overseas supplier. China is also the largest single investor in Sudan today). A powerful novel...

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message 1: by Bonnie (last edited Dec 09, 2008 01:34PM) (new)

Bonnie Marcy, thank you for this inspiring review. I keep a running list of books I want to read. When we go back to the States in March to renew our visa, I'll have so many tempting books to check out...many of them are from your recommendations.
I love reading about what you're reading as it makes you seem closer, and I do miss you!

Marcy Bonnie,
I miss you, too! I miss your teaching expertise, our authentic talks about all kinds of subjects, etc....... Lilia and I feel very isolated.... This good.reads keeps me going! So we'll see you in March!!!!! Yippee!

Have you heard that we have not had a literary specialist in our class since Sept? Have you ever heard of such a thing?

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