Slave

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Public Affairs, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 351 pages
223 Reviews
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 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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Very simply written and easy to read. - Goodreads
When I read the premise of Slave, I was so baffled. - Goodreads
Luckily for her the story has a happy ending. - Goodreads
Fantastic writing, had me screaming 'RUN!!!! - Goodreads
Wow. I read this for my Bookclub selection. - Goodreads

Review: Slave: My True Story

User Review  - Philip Maher - Goodreads

Truly the most devastating story I've read. My emotions were exacerbated by the telling of the story with such innocence and remarkable calmness. Read full review

Review: Slave: My True Story

User Review  - Alison - Goodreads

Definitely an eye opener, to hear this first hand account of what it was like to be a slave in this day and age. Mende, a young girl from the Nuba Mountains of Sudan she more or less 12 years old when ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

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.

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