Friday, December 5, 2008

Tears of the Desert

Over the past few days I feel like I haven't been making any real progress with what I am currently reading. So I decided to write about one of the books I read during vacation. Tears of the Desert byHalima Bashir is a memoir (one of my favorite types of books) about her life in Darfur. Bashir is able to skillfully write about her chidhood, a happy time in her life. Her tribe lived in huts and practiced female circumcision, yet she shares many good memories of that time in her life. She was close to her family, especially her father, who believed in education and sent her away to school. Bashir eventually became a doctor and cared for the sick and wounded of her country as political unrest began to prevail. Her role as a doctor marked her as a target for violence and eventually Bashir was raped and her home village was attacked, leaving her father dead. Knowing there is nothing else she can do but leave her country, Bashir leaves everyone she loves behind in an effort to protect them and flees Darfur. Seeking asylum in England she forges on to begin a new life for herself. This book was so well written is was hard to put down. Despite the fact that what Bashir writes about is depressing, Bashir is able to tell her story without complaining about her circumstances. She is a true example of a survivor.

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