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By Francis Bok

Winner of the Books for a greater Life/Suze Orman First ebook Award

May 1986: Seven-year-old Francis Bok was once promoting his mother's eggs and peanuts close to his village in southern Sudan whilst Arab raiders on horseback burst into the quiet industry, murdering males and collecting the ladies and childrens right into a crew. Strapped to horses and donkeys, Francis and others have been taken north into lives of slavery lower than filthy rich Muslim farmers.
For ten years, Francis lived in a shed close to the goats and livestock that have been his accountability. After failed makes an attempt to flee--each bringing serious beatings and dying threats--Francis eventually escaped at age seventeen. He continued via criminal and refugee camps for 3 extra years, profitable the eye of United international locations officers who granted passage to America.
Now a scholar and an antislavery activist, Francis Bok has made it his existence undertaking to strive against international slavery. His is the 1st voice to talk to an anticipated 27 million humans held opposed to their will in approximately each state, together with our personal. break out from Slavery is instantly a riveting experience, a narrative of desperation and triumph, and a window revealing a global that few have survived to inform.

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And thus, as one fear vanished another took its place. After Hamid made sure I moved the animals to the next pasture and rode away, I soon began to worry about the river. Herds of goats and sheep from all around the area often showed up at the same time. Sheep looked the same. My goats were the same color and size of their goats, and I was afraid they would get mixed up. The biggest challenge of my first day would be not to lose animals at the watering place. I worked extra hard to make sure none of my goats visited with another family’s goats, and I managed to leave the watering hole with my animals.

The children followed. The family stared at me sitting on my blanket as if I were a new puppy. The kids started singing that abeed song again, pointing at me and laughing. The man handed me another bowl of food, some kind of meat, which smelled different to me from the food my mother gave me. The wife and the little kids went away, while the man and his oldest son went to the nearby enclosures, rounded up the goats, the sheep, the cattle, and camels, and led them to pasture. They didn’t seem to care that I was crying, that I was left alone in this strange place with my bowl of foul smelling meat with the flies buzzing around it.

Quickly, I realized I could deal with the people, survive on the food, and supplement what I found disgusting with the berries and fruit I could pick in the forest. I could take those changes in my life. But the one thing I could not take was being unable to understand what these people were saying. I was a little boy who had led a comfortable life; but now I didn’t even have the comfort of comprehending what my masters were saying to me—or about me. I also wanted to be able to communicate my feelings to them.

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