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Escape from slavery : the true story of my ten years in captivity--and my journey to freedom in America / Francis Bok, with Edward Tivnan.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: E184.S77 B65 2003

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    In this groundbreaking modern slave narrative, Francis Bok shares his remarkable story with grace, honesty, and a wisdom gained from surviving ten years in captivity. May, 1986: Selling his mother's eggs and peanuts near his village in southern Sudan, seven year old Francis Bok's life was shattered when Arab raiders on horseback, armed with rifles and long knives, burst into the quiet marketplace, murdering men and women and gathering the young children into a group. Strapped to horses and donkeys, Francis and others were taken north, into lives of slavery under wealthy Muslim farmers. For ten years, Francis lived alone in a shed near the goats and cattle that were his responsibility. Fed with scraps from the table, slowly learning bits of an unfamiliar language and religion, the boy had almost no human contact other than his captor's family. After two failed attempts to escape-each bringing severe beatings and death threats-Francis finally escaped at age seventeen, a dramatic breakaway on foot that was his final chance. Yet his slavery did not end there, for even as he made his way toward the capital city of Khartoum, others sought to deprive him of his freedom. Determined to avoid that fate and discover what had happened to his family on that terrible day in 1986, the teenager persevered through prison and refugee camps for three more years, winning the attention of United Nations officials and being granted passage to America. Now a student and an anti-slavery activist, Francis Bok has made it his life mission to combat world slavery. His is the first voice to speak for an estimated twenty seven million people held against their will in nearly every nation, including our own. Escape from Slavery is at once a riveting adventure, a story of desperation and triumph, and a window revealing a world that few have survived to tell.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Bok, Francis.
    Published
    New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2003
    Locale
    Sudan
    Edition
    1st St. Martin's Griffin ed
    Contents
    Map: Sudan and the surrounding regions
    Raid
    "Abeed"
    That's what happens when you disobey
    Why does no one love me?
    Abdul Rahman
    Perfect slave
    Be careful
    This is your last night on earth
    Double game
    Act of kindness-and another
    Jabarona
    Process
    Cairo
    September 15, 1998 - American journey
    Still "a good worker" - But now a paid one
    New abolitionists
    News from Sudan
    education of Francis Bok
    why?
    Finally, some good news from sudan
    Afterword: Continuing struggle - Acknowledgments.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Tivnan, Edward.
    Notes
    Map: Sudan and the surrounding regions -- Raid -- "Abeed" -- That's what happens when you disobey -- Why does no one love me? -- Abdul Rahman -- Perfect slave -- Be careful -- This is your last night on earth -- Double game -- Act of kindness-and another -- Jabarona -- Process -- Cairo -- September 15, 1998 - American journey -- Still "a good worker" - But now a paid one -- New abolitionists -- News from Sudan -- education of Francis Bok -- why? -- Finally, some good news from sudan -- Afterword: Continuing struggle - Acknowledgments.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    ISBN
    0312306245
    9780312306243 (pbk.)
    Physical Description
    284 p. : ill., map ; 21 cm.

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