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Baker & Taylor
The author describes the years she spent as a slave to a wealthy Arab family in Khartoum and her subsequent break for freedom after she was sent to work for a diplomat in London.

Book News
Nazer was about 12 when raiders burned her Nuba village, killed the adults, and took 31 young children, who were sold in Sudan's capital Khartoum. She tells of her years in slavery, her flight after seven years, and her attainment of asylum in Britain. British journalist Lewis helped her escape and write her story. The memoir has no index or bibliography. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
Mende Nazer lost her childhood. It all began one horrific night in 1993, when Arab raiders swept through her Nuba village on horseback. The raiders set fire to the village huts. They murdered the adults by slitting their throats with knives. They rounded up thirty-one young children. Mende was twelve.
A slave trader brought Mende to Sudan's capital city, Khartoum, and sold her to a wealthy Arab family. So began Mende's dark years of enslavement. Her Arab owners called her "yebit," or "black slave." 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. The only thing that kept her alive was the hope that she might see her family again.
Thousands of other child-slaves have suffered a similar fate. 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 master - a diplomat in London. In a desperate attempt to flee, she managed to make contact with other Sudanese, who took pity on her. In September 2000, she made a dramatic break for freedom.

Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781586482121
Branch Call Number: B NAZ
Characteristics: vii, 350 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Lewis, Damien


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Jul 01, 2015

Wonderful account of a childhood cut short and the traumatic years that followed.

stellaau Sep 23, 2013

I couldn't put this book down! I read the whole in 2 days. Mende Nazer suffered so much but she is so strong and so brave. I hope she can see her family one day.

Wonderfully told.

I read this book so quickly and could hardly wait to finish it.

The stories she shares are heavy and personal.

I even had to follow up. I just had to know where she is now and is she able to help others. This book made me ask what I can do.

It is a scary truth about slavery today.

A really good read.


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