Karyn L. Barr
October 03, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

In 1986, 7-year-old farm boy Francis Piol Bol Bok traveled to his local market to sell eggs — and left as a slave. A victim of Sudan’s decades-long civil war, Bok was brutally abducted by an Arab militiaman and forced to endure a decade of death threats, lashings, and meals of rotten meat before escaping (on his third try). Now, as a U.N. refugee living in Boston, the 23-year-old activist shares his journey in this harrowing memoir. As if Bok’s story isn’t gripping enough, his poignantly candid commentary on Sudan’s Islamic nationalist government and the millions of enslaved Sudanese will prove equally mindblowing.

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