Mende Nazer's happy childhood was cruelly cut short at the age of twelve when the Mujahidin rode into her village in the remote Nuba mountains of Sudan.
They hacked down terrified villagers, raped the women and abducted the children.
Mende was them. She was taken and sold to an Arab woman in Khartoum.
She was stripped of her name and her freedom. For seven long years she was kept as a domestic slave, an 'abid', without any pay or a single day off.
Her food was the leftover scraps and her bed was the floor of the locked-up garden shed.
She endured this harsh and lonely existence without knowing whether her family was alive or dead, for seven long years.
Passed on by her master, like a parcel, to a relative in London, Mende eventually managed to escape to freedom.
Slave is a shocking first-person insight into the modern day slave trade.
It is also a fascinating memoir of an African childhood and a moving testimony to a young girl's indomitable spirit in the face of adversity.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 06/12/2007
- Category: Autobiography: general
- ISBN: 9781844081165
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Review by kaebs
What an amazing human story of hardship, endurance and survival. Eye opening! How can such 'slave trade' still be happening today? Lean about tribal customs, village life and the actions of the Mujahidin and slave traders in Sudan. The story told here is one that we may accept in a fiction book which we can put down and know that it did not really happen. The fact that this is an autobiography makes this book painfully sad and cruel. Still, even if you don't feel like this kind story right now, worried that it might depress you, I strongly recommend this as a 'must read'. It makes one realise how lucky we are ('we' being people who have time and resources to read books and post reviews on library thing - we live in such luxury), and how living free and 'without fear' should be savoured by us all.