Slave: My True Story

Slave My True Story Mende Nazer lost her childhood at age twelve when she was sold into slavery It all began one horrific night in when Arab raiders swept through her Nuba village murdering the adults and roundin

  • Title: Slave: My True Story
  • Author: Mende Nazer Damien Lewis
  • ISBN: 9781586483180
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 ArMende 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 master a 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.Slave is 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.

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    1. A harrowing and extremely eye-opening true life story of a childhood stolen by modern slavery which is still pervasive in North Africa and the Middle East. Mende Nazer lived a rural, happy childhood in a village Nuba Mountains in Sudan. At the age of twelve she was kidnapped by marauding Arab raiders, who put the men of her village to death, raped the woman and captured the children into slavery. She was raped by the Arab slavers and then sold in Khartoum to a cruel Arab family. There she was be [...]

    2. This was a very difficult, though very worthwhile, book to read. It took me many, many, months to get through because the subject is so intense and often extremely disturbing.That said, I am grateful for what Nazer has shared in this work. It was truly an eye opener. There remains much injustice in the world and books like this can help us to reveal those injustices so that we can take action to end them.

    3. An amazing book. Everyone should read this book! We live in a country of great freedom that we take for granted. My heart goes out to Mende.

    4. Something about the dignity and courage of Mende Nazar as she recounts her appalling story grabs hold of your heart, allowing you to read on when it is almost unbearable. Mende is calm and unflinching as she simply recounts the events that shattered her world,a remote Nubian village in the Sudan. She gives a vivid description of her community and her life as an adored and coddled child of a loving family. This comes to an abrubt and violent end when the village is attacked and burned by Arab rai [...]

    5. Most of us think of slavery as something in the past. A subject relagted to history books and a subject that most find difficult to come to terms with. How could some one own another. But as i was about to find out with this book it is a trade that is still alive and flourishing. Unlike most storeys of slavery this one come streight from the source. Mende was captured a held as a slave for so long she did not believed she would every feel what freedom was like again.The book starts us of with he [...]

    6. had to read this for a class and i really enjoyed itnde's story is powerful and her quiet strength is admirable in every way. even after everything she was going through she was always kind to those around her.

    7. Slave is the true story of Mende Nazer, a Sudanese woman whose childhood ended when she was captured and enslaved around age 12. One thing that made Mende’s story particularly stand out to me is that we are about the same age. Her slavery did not take place in the huts and villages of Sudan, but in the relatively modern city of Khartoum, where her well-to-do captors had most of the modern conveniences that we do (electricity, washer/dryer, stove/oven, etc).In this book, Mende recounts the stor [...]

    8. I had trouble putting this book down when at first I started. It is the incredibly gruesome story of Mende, who's abducted by raiders as a 12 year old and sold into slavery to a cruel, inhuman woman, who does her level best to break the spirit of Mende. However, there's always enough human kindness around for Mende not to lose her sense of her own humanity completely, and in the end she escapes with the help of strangers.Every page of the book is alive with Mende's simple and vibrant way of tell [...]

    9. What a book - I cried and my heart broke. The language of the book is easy and simplistic. The story is told, with no literary embellishments and in the author's own voice - she is not a writer and so there is a matter of fact style (it was told to Damien Lewis, a journalist who helped Mende during her escape and who penned the book, but I'm glad he kept it simple). The book has 2 halves. The first is about Mende's life growing up in a small village in the Nuba mountains of Sudan; and then life [...]

    10. Mende's story is an amazing story that will not only captivate your mind, but also clench your heart. As a avid reader of non fiction books, this is the type of book that keeps my interest at peak! This story was told exceptionally well, with the help of, Damien, it allows the reader to develop a vivid mental picture of Mendes experience. I could almost taste and smell her surroundings. It touches on some unbelievable rituals and horrendous violations that continue till this day. Mende still mai [...]

    11. This is an amazing autobiographical book about a girl ripped from her family at the tender age of 12 and sold into modern day slavery. It is mind boggling, gut wrenching and heart breaking. Yet, it is impossible to put down! You can't help but love this girl and feel hopeless every step of the way. My heart ached during each episode of abuse and humiliation she encountered throughout her years as a slave. And I found myself becoming very frustrated and angry with her abusers, to the point of que [...]

    12. Užasno sam tužna i istovremeno ljuta kad čitam knjige ovoga tipa. Ne mogu vjerovati, čak ni nakon svega što sam čula, vidjela i pročitala da takvi ljudi postoje i da će na žalost uvijek postojati. Kako možeš nekoga smatrati gorim od sebe samo zbog njegove boje kože i kulturne različitosti? Kako možeš uživati u silovanju malih djevojčica? Ova je djevojka u svojih desetak godina ropstva proživjela pakao, ako ne i puno gore od toga.Potresna priča koja ne ostavlja ravnodušnim. Ov [...]

    13. When I read other reviews of this book I knew I had to read it. Living in America all my life I couldn't imagine that there is still slavery going on in the world, just that it happened many generations ago (that is something that we were taught in school). How could this still be going on??I LOVED this book, it goes threw Mende's life from the beginning to current she was abducted and sold into slavery and how she finally broke free from all the abuse and even how it still affects her everyday [...]

    14. Wow! Finally a memoir that lived up to its title! Powerful, shocking, heartbreaking amazing. This story of a young Sudanese girl ripped from her family and sold into slavery sounds like a story from the 1800's but shockingly this happened in 1993! The story of Mende Nazer is a modern day horror story; not one of an era we had thought (and hoped) was gone for good. This memoir is well written and fascinating. The beginning of the book does a great job of setting the scene and showing us Mende's l [...]

    15. First, I feel like a real shit for only giving this 3.5 stars. In my defense, it's because there wasn't ENOUGH book for me. Mende tells of at least 7+ years kept as a slave in about 150 pages. I didn't necessarily need graphic details, but I did want to get to know her more, see her strength, know how she developed her survival instincts, etc. Unfortunately the most horrific scene contained in this novel (other than the village raid and kidnapping) is the mutilation she endured during her female [...]

    16. This was a very compelling and thought-provoking story. This book is a true testament to what happens to thousands of girls in third world countries. A story of modern day slavery.

    17. 2004- Most of us associate slavery with the days of the American Civil War. Yet, in many parts of the world today, slavery isn't dead. In this novel, we meet Mende, a young Sudanese tribal girl growing up happily with her family. The first third of the book explores Mende's childhood among her tribe, the Karko of the Nuba Mountains. Then one night, everything changes. Her village is attacked by Arab raiders. Huts are torched, men killed, women raped and children rounded up to be sold off later a [...]

    18. Slave is the true story of a young Sudanese girl kidnapped at an early age and take into slavery. I couldn't put the book down. Her simple life as a child, the love and support she had from her family, especially her father was very heartwarming and I learned a lot about the rural life in the Sudan - its simplicity, its hardships (walking miles for water), its family and community commitment etc.Mende's slavery and captivity as an unpaid servant was very shocking to me. I knew of slavery in the [...]

    19. Mende's story - from a peaceful childhood surrounded by family and friends, to being torn away and forced to live the life of a slave, someone who barely deserves a name (according to her "master"), it's all so hard to believe that this is what is happening in these modern times! But oh, "slave" doesn't begin to describe her. She is questly dignified, she has a rich history and fond memories and I am so very glad she was brave enough to find freedom and have her story told. One can only hope for [...]

    20. this book really moved me. it is the account of a woman from Sudan who was sold into slavery at the age of 12. she remained a slave until she escaped in london when she was in her twenties. what made this book so powerful is that she describes not only the pain of being a slave, but also her life with her family prior to the attack on her village where she is stolen. there is a graphic account of genital circumcision that made me cringe. i can't imagine going through such a thing. i recommend th [...]

    21. This book was very painful to read at times. I literally had to put it down just to process what I was reading. At times, I was very angry and wanted to jump in the book and strangle the slave holders. The cruelty of one human to another never seems to amaze me. Although this book was very emotional for me to read, I am inspired by the strength and perseverance of the main character, Mende Nazer. My life has been a cake walk compared to all she endured. I highly recommend this book.

    22. After one of my friends moved to South Sudan I came across this book and was interested to learn more about the history of that region. This book is well written but not easy to read. Not easy because of the honesty and the pain which Mende recounts of her story. But most definitely wirth the read!

    23. I often find myself drawn to women's issues books. Mostly about women fighting for their rights or overcoming tragedy. When I read the premise of Slave, I was so baffled. How could this happen? How could, in this time, someone be kidnapped and sold as a slave? Mende's story is heartbreaking and infuriating. As I read on, I could hear her voice and my heart just reached out to her.


    25. An amazing story about an amazing woman. This book will boggle your mind. It really makes you appreciate the freedoms we have, and so often take for granted. I think this should be a MUST read for EVERYONE!

    26. A really horrible story. I felt really angry when I saw a lot of woman and children were treating like animals. They deserved to live in peace and find justice.This book was really good.I can't believe this is true.

    27. I finished this book in less than 24 hours, if that tells you anything. A quite compelling story that brings to light the Arabic slave trade still common today.

    28. Amidst all the crisis that are taking place in the world, slave trade continues to havoc in parts of Africa, with children getting abducted in large numbers. Sometimes these incidents make it to the news but most of the time they go unreported. [The most recent news report is from Libya where the auction was held in open, much to horror of the world.]Mende Nazer managed to escape a rich Arab family and sought asylum in Britain. This book is her memoir as she recounts the events leading up to her [...]

    29. 14 of 18 people found the following review helpful:3.0 out of 5 stars Slavery Still Exists!!, January 29, 2004In Slave: My True Story, Mende Nazer's spirit echoes that of Sojourner Truth's during her journey from slave to freedom fighter. The singular difference in their heroic efforts is the span of more than a century. One would like to believe that humanity would choose to eradicate slavery everywhere, but Nazer is living proof that the horrific institution is thriving in the new millennium. [...]

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