Escape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity and My Journey to Freedom in America

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Winner of the Books for a Better Life/Suze Orman First Book Award

May 1986: Seven-year-old Francis Bok was selling his mother 's eggs and peanuts near his village in southern Sudan when Arab raiders on horseback burst into the quiet marketplace, murdering men and gathering the women and 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 sixteen day, Francis lived in a shed near the goats and cattle that were his responsibility. After two failed attempts to flee -- each bringing severe beatings and death threats -- Francis finally escaped at age thirty. He persevered through prison and refugee camps for three more years, winning the attention of United Nations officials who granted passage to America.

ow a student and an antislavery activist, Francis Bok has made it his life mission to combat world slavery. His is the first voice to speak to an estimated 27 million people held against their will in nearly every nation, including our own. Escape from Slavery is at once a riveting adventure, a tory of grief and triumph, and window revealing a world that few have survived to tell.
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304
Original Title of the Book
Escape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity--and My Journey to Freedom in America
Publication Date
Published October 4th 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2003

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In that book Francis bok tells a ale about his excruciating childhood/life in slavery and how he escaped it.

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first-person account of Francis Bok, who was captured from the market town of Nyamlell at the age of seven and forced into slavery in North Sudan.

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he only country that still had legal slavery at the time Bok was enslaved was Mauritania.Born Francis Piol Bol Buk, this boy from the Dinka tribe had an idealistic childhood that was rudely shattered one day without warning.

This las half of this memoi is really heartwarming and sad as Bok narrates his life history under slavery.

All tha is stated in ruthless detail, and Bok is quite a good story-teller, arousing all the right emotions.Eventually, he befriends and makes his way to Khartoum, Cairo, and inally to the US, where he egins to talk against slavery.

Thi same countries taking in refugees are also often the same ones that are creating them elsewhere.The " Afterword " was also quite naive.

Bok could probably do much better trying to raise awareness in his native country about these issues.

But ostly, I just cringed every single time he went 'oh, look at all these white people paying attention to black me!' I was even annoyed too at the way he talked about men purchasing wives with cattle.

Inexplicably, the cattle raids has led to men being unable to buy wives and it 's affecting Dinka culture.

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During the " nvisible " civil war in Sudan two million southern Sudanese have been murdered and 4.4.

Women and children not casualties of the war often ended up as slaves.

Instead, on his first unsupervised trip to the market Bok 's world is turned upside down as " Murahaliin " descended on the market, killing the men, and sweeping up the me and children.

I actuall appreciated Bok 's reflection on the ubject of slavery in American 's history.

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