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Six Months in Sudan: A Young Doctor in a War-torn Village

Six Months in Sudan: A Young Doctor in a War-torn Village
  • Author(s): James Maskalyk
  • Location(s): Sudan
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 2007

“People are hungry to be brought closer to the world, even its hard parts. I went to Sudan, and am writing about it again, because I believe that which separates action from inaction is the same thing that separates...

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

Escape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity and My Journey to Freedom in America
  • Author(s): Francis Bok
  • Location(s): Sudan
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1986

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...

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They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan

They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan
  • Author(s): Benson Deng
  • Location(s): South Sudan, Sudan
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Benjamin, Alepho, and Benson were raised among the Dinka tribe of Sudan. Their world was an insulated, close-knit community of grass-roofed cottages, cattle herders, and tribal councils. The lions and pythons that prowled beyond the village fences were the...

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Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan

Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan
  • Author(s): John Bul Dau
  • Location(s): Sudan
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Contemporary

One of thousands of children who fled strife in southern Sudan, John Bul Dau survived hunger, exhaustion, and violence. His wife, Martha, endured similar hardships. In this memorable book, the two convey the best of African values while relating...

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Slave: My True Story

Slave: My True Story
  • Author(s): Mende Nazer
  • Location(s): Khartoum, Sudan
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1990s

Mende Nazer lost her childhood at age twelve, when she was sold into slavery. It all began one horrific night in 1993, when Arab raiders swept through her Nuba village, murdering the adults and rounding up thirty-one children, including...

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The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur

The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur
  • Author(s): Brian Steidle
  • Location(s): Darfur, Sudan
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Former United States Marine Brian Steidle served for six months in Darfur as an unarmed military observer for the African Union. There he witnessed first-hand the ongoing genocide, and documented every day of his experience using email, audio journals,...

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The Wedding of Zein and Other Stories

The Wedding of Zein and Other Stories
  • Author(s): Tayeb Salih
  • Location(s): Sudan
  • Genre(s): Novella
  • Era(s): 20th century

“The Wedding of Zein” unfolds in the same village on the upper Nile where Tayeb Salih’s tragic masterpiece Season of Migration to the North is set. Here, however, the story that emerges through the overlapping, sometimes contradictory voices of...

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Acts of Faith

Acts of Faith
  • Author(s): Philip Caputo
  • Location(s): Sudan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Philip Caputo’s tragic and epically ambitious new novel is set in Sudan, where war is a permanent condition. Into this desolate theater come aid workers, missionaries, and mercenaries of conscience whose courage and idealism sometimes coexist with treacherous moral...

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Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond

Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond
  • Author(s): Don Cheadle
  • Location(s): Darfur, Sudan
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

In this powerful call to action, Oscar-nominated film star Don Cheadle and human rights advocate John Prendergast shine an unsparing spotlight on the genocide in Darfur — a targeted ethnic extermination chillingly described as “Rwanda in slow motion.” The...

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The Four Feathers

The Four Feathers
  • Author(s): A.E.W. Mason
  • Location(s): Sudan
  • Genre(s): Historical
  • Era(s): 1902

Just before sailing off to war in the Sudan, British guardsman Harry Feversham quits his regiment. He immediately receives four white feathers—symbols of cowardice—one each from his three best friends and his fiancée. To disprove this grave dishonor, Harry...

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Enter the inaugural TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

750 - 3000 words with strong 'sense of place' theme

Short story, travelogue, or memoir

Top judges to decide the winners

Cash prizes totalling £500 / $600 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 15th November 2020