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Our Bodies Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women [9780008300005]

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From award-winning war reporter and co-author of I Am Malala, this is a searing, angry reckoning of a book that exposes the unheard stories of women during war, and how in countries around the world today rape is used as a weapon.

Rape and war have a long and painful history, stretching back from Alexander the Great through the `comfort women' of the Imperial Japanese Army and the rapes of German women by the Red Army during World War Two.

Today, the story hasn't changed. Rape is an insidious, growing part of war used against hundreds of thousands of women - often as part of barbaric military strategy.

This book is the first major account to address the terrible scale of sexual assault in modern conflict. It is also a biting condemnation of the way rape is accepted and ignored. Though rape was - at last - formalised as an international war crime in 1919, there has since been a single conviction.

Christina Lamb has worked in war and combat zones for over thirty years. With unflinching attention and unfailing care and humanity, she tells both the global stories and the individual experiences of women within war.

Moving between conflicts, this is an account of Bangladesh in 1970-1 when as many as 400,000 women were strung up against trees and raped deliberately by Pakistani troops to skew the population and breed Punjabis; of Bosnia, where in the nineties 20,000 women were forced into camps and sexual slavery by Serbian soldiers; of the rapes of an estimated quarter of a million Tutsi women during the Rwandan genocide; of the abduction of thousands of Yazidi women by the Islamic State and Boko Haram; of the 219 Chibok teenagers taken from their school dormitories in Nigeria; and, horrifically, of many other human rights failings.

With truly international scope, Christina Lamb's book asks we recognise that if these events are difficult for us to hear, they are far harder for the people who lived them to forget.

Determined, it is an effort to amplify the voices and stories of women in war.

Furious, it is a call to bring justice against the perpetrators of war rape.

Insistent, it is a demand not to turn away from hard truths, but to look and work hard at making change.


AUTHOR: Christina Lamb is one of Britain's leading foreign correspondents and a bestselling author. She has won 14 major awards including five times being named Foreign Correspondent of the Year and Europe's top war reporting prize, the Prix Bayeux. She is the author of numerous books including `Farewell Kabul', `The Africa House', `Waiting For Allah', `The Sewing Circles of Herat' and `House of Stone'. She co-wrote the international bestselling `I am Malala' with Malala Yousafzai and `Girl from Aleppo' with Nujeen Mustafa. She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an honorary fellow of University College, Oxford and was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2013.

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Author:
Christina Lamb
Publisher:
William Collins
Publication:
05-Mar-2020
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
432
Weight:
648 Grams
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    Our Bodies Their Battlefield

    Posted by Joel on 14th May 2021

    This book was indeed the most horrific book that I have ever read. The treatment meted out to woman in the conflict zones that Christina visited, is seriously beyond belief. In fact words, for probably the first time in my life really do fail me. You will not be able to put this book down and despite the material she was dealing with it is beautifully written without a trace of sensationalism

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    Our bodies, Their Battlefield

    Posted by Meg on 9th Apr 2021

    Incredible read. Without a doubt the most harrowing accounts of assault i’ve ever read, put down with such heartbreaking detail by Lamb. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to understand the impact of war on women better, although upsetting to read at (majority of) times. Also great, quick delivery from A Great Read :)

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